Well at least I'm getting my Thursday post up. I will have to try harder to get posts up during the week. I've been doing that thing where I put a post together in my head, and my fingers then think that I've actually typed it when I haven't.
I have stuff to say, stuff to tell, but I just forget to type it at the moment. And before you know it it's Thursday again.
It's been a busy couple of weeks with no relief for a couple more. Events coming up include a birthday party (cakes and costumes), a weekend away, relatives staying, another party (more food, costumes, decorations and cakes), a fundraising dinner for school (more costumes to make) and friends coming to stay. Then we will be through August and I can breathe. But all the while I will be organising a Market Day for school too (more of that to come SOON).
Today I am thankful for the ability to be a stay at home mum. I feel blessed that we are in a position where I don't have to work, and we can still maintain a pretty good lifestyle. I know that there are families out there that one parent works their butt off so that one parent can stay home, and others that both parents have to work to only just make ends meet. There is no other option.
I think these families are amazing. I think that they need a great big pat on the back for the great work that they do. So if you fall into that category, give yourself that well-earned pat on your back, you deserve it.
But I often find myself wondering how they get it all done, and just lately, what do they do when they have a sick child? I know that there is sick leave and parental leave, and that employers are meant to allow that leave to be taken when required, but I also know that there are employers out there who talk the talk, but frown when the leave is actually taken.
Just prior to the holidays Ardyn came down with gastro and I was called into school to pick her up and she ended up off school for a couple of days. Now, only 4 weeks later, I have Bailey home with a cold/flu thing for a couple. What do working parents do when this happens? You can't schedule when your kids get sick or for how long. Are employers that flexible if they are sick for an extended period of time? Or what if you have multiple kids who happen to get sick one after the other? What if you're like me and have no family that you can call on to help? And even so, when your little ones are sick, they want their mummy, not grandma, or their babysitter/nanny. And I want to be there for them.
It just makes me thankful that I have the ability to stay here with my kids, and be there to pick them up from school and just spend the day cuddling them when they are sick. I know that every parent wants to, but sometimes they just can't. That would kill me, and I just want to share that I don't take our position for granted, and I hope that my kids (one day) realise how lucky they are to have a parent home for them without having to give up a lot.
I know that it's only been the last few years that I have appreciated all the sacrifices my parents made so that mum could stay at home when we were young - including the career sacrifices my mum made. You don't understand it as a kid, but you certainly do as an adult. And I am thankful.
I'm thinking that I may have to schedule a weekly post that gives a shout out to someone, or a group of well deserving people who are often under rated. If I did, this week's would be to the working parents. You are all amazing!!!!! (pat pat pat)
Enough for now. I'm off to enjoy my evening with my kids.