Most people I know, at some point in their career, will moan about their job. Or complain about the hectic week they are having or have a right ol’ rant about their boss. Most people, except mums that is. When it comes to being a mum, it’s almost like we’re not allowed to complain about our “jobs”. And being a mum is a full time job! in fact it’s more than full time because you never really switch off.
When we rant about our office job, we don’t feel guilt, we don’t ever think that maybe work is tough because we are not good enough. We rant because it’s tough, because we’re having a bad week and we need to let off steam. But somehow when it comes to parenting, that’s where our inner most insecurities come out. Like if we admit that we’re having a bad week or that our toddler is driving us slowly insane, it’s like admitting we’re not doing a good job. That we’re not good enough. And actually, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The fact is, like any job, even with parenting, there are good days and there are bad days. It doesn’t mean you want to give up your job or that you don’t actually love it. When you’re having a bad day, its just that, one bad day. The good thing about parenting is, having a good day truly makes you forget the bad ones. Like they didn’t even happen.
Today was a good day. A very hectic, but good day. I don’t know what the rest of the week will be like. No doubt we’ll have some tantrums and tears. I’ll probably have to deal with S kicking up a fuss about going somewhere and refusing to put a jacket on. But I’ll also get cuddles, kisses, funny stories and laugh out loud comments. To me, that’s job satisfaction right there!