Last week, my friend Ashley emailed me and asked me what my job description would be as a stay-at-home mom. She asked how/if Josh and I split the household chores since I'm home during the day. I thought about this for a while because I wanted to give Josh credit where he deserves it! :o)
For the most part, and I think Josh would agree, I do 90% of the household work during the week, and probably 70% on weekends. He is very willing to make dinner every night, mostly because he is home by 3:30 pm, and that's one way he can help me since I've been doing most of the other chores during the day. Oh, and those chores would be laundry, dishes, vacuuming, making beds, picking up after kids, bathrooms, dusting...yeah, you get the picture. On the weekends, however, he does pitch in more. He's done the laundry quite often on Saturdays, and usually I can get him to vacuum, too!
But let's not forget the child rearing - which is why I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom in the first place! On cold days, I don't mind that Caleb plays the Wii more often. So Sarah, Gabriel, and I cuddle on the couch and watch him play Mario Kart and Wii Play. If Sarah gets board with that, she'll go play with her kitchen set, and I'll go with her so she can make me a pretend lunch! On warmer days, I just love going outside with them and watching them swing on their playset or seeing Caleb drive his John Deere mini-tractor! Sometimes we color in coloring books, work on AWANA verses, read stories, play with play-doh, or just do random things. We do watch PBS and Playhouse Disney on TV sometimes. Caleb also likes to teach us the songs and games he learns at preschool.
I know I've heard moms say that a clean house is not important while there are small children in the house. It's important to just be with them and play. But honestly, I do not play with them the entire day. I know, it's shocking! There are times when they are independent and do things on their own. Caleb not as much as Sarah, but they both have times when they're doing something without me. During those times, even if it's just 10 minutes, I will try to pick up around the house. If I keep up with it, the house says clean!
That is, until I started blogging. Now...if my house is clean, my computer must be broken! I often use the minutes I used to clean reading blogs! Shame on me! I'm trying to quit. I need "Bloggers Anonymous" or something. If you know of a group, let me know! :o)
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