When I moved this blog over from Blogger to WordPress, I changed my about me blurb to read ‘My name is Shari and I’ve just turned 30! I’ve been the creative director and social media manager behind the food/lifestyle blog GoodFoodWeek for 8 years. I’m a stay-at-home Mum of three little boys, who has left the corporate communications world to raise a family.’
Now I’m almost 32 and a half, this blog is 10 years old and the game plan has changed. I’m back in the world of corporate communications and my husband is having a turn at being the ‘stay-at-home’ parent.
I’m not going to lie. This decision has filled me with ‘mum guilt’, but I know that I’ve made the best decision for my family, at this point in time, in our journey.
The last 18 months were tough being a solo parent, for the majority of the time. And so, in an effort to get all of my family in the same state for the majority of the time, I decided to become the main bread winner.
It’s 2018 and we are able to admit that wives can out earn their husbands. I can earn more returning to the full time workforce and my husband can earn more working from home (than I could working remotely/part-time from home).
It’s been big adjustment for all. My husband is NOT used to home duties or cooking – but he is a fast learner.
He had never actually cooked a meal for me in the entire 13 YEARS we had been together (7 years dating and 6 years of marriage).
Sure, there have been some inedible meals since he took over – but he sure has made an impressive effort in the lunch box stakes. He even whips up homemade mini pizzas and burgers from scratch for the boys to pop into their lunchboxes – no simple Vegemite sandwiches on his watch.
I’ve had to turn a blind eye to the home duties when I get home from work – but I do get into it all on the weekend. I actually don’t mind; sleeping in, walking to get a coffee/milkshake/hot chocolate/babycino with the boys and then coming home to vaccum and mop whilst they play outside. It’s oddly relaxing (although not as relaxing as getting a massage or a facial – which would be higher on my list of things to do on a Saturday morning). I also got to monitor my husband’s apnea better, thanks to the resources I found at restoresleep.net. This site has all of your sleep apnea equipment needs covered.
I guess, I’m just enjoying the slow Saturday mornings – as I know that next year brings organised sport.
So, tell me – how do you work like you don’t have children and be a mum like you don’t have a full time job?