I’m the go-to person in our house on where to find any- and everything. It’s a skill many moms have, and I’d like to think of it as Mom GPS (without the annoying monotone voice – I hope).
My husband will say, “Where is my phone, keys, form….fill in the blank here..” and I can typically tell him almost immediately. Sometimes what he’s looking for is literally right in front of his face. Amazing – and he’s the one with the 20/20 vision!
I know it’s because I’m home with the kids all the time that my Mom GPS is so accurate. I’m helping with toy clean-up, cleaning and putting away dishes, clothes, art projects. You name it: moms do it!
While my GPS for the everyday running of our house is good, I can’t help but feel it’s a little off for the rest of my life. There’s no clear direction or roadmap for how to best manage parenting, marriage, and some form of work. As of right now, as a professional SAHM, volunteer, and occasional freelance marketer, I feel like something is missing. It’s not enough, though I’m trying desperately to convince myself that it IS.
I need to spend time re-calculating to understand how to get to a happier destination or at least feel happier on my journey right now. I can’t really make a u-turn, as a GPS will often tell you to do. Perhaps my detour of staying at home for one year will give me time to find a new path that will work for me AND my family.
How have you re-calculated during your own life? How has your destination or journey changed after having children?
For some other posts about my job hunt and work, check these out: The Wait is Over, The Waiting Game, Getting Rejected, Could it be? Do I really HAVE IT ALL?, Slowing Down my Climb, Why I Miss Work.
Related articles – great tips on what to say / what NOT to say to moms. I think we can all relate to many of these! Check them out –
- Good Job! — and Other Things to Say to All Moms (blogher.com)
- Ten things you can always say to a working mom (I will have my cake.com)
- What Not to Say to a Working Mom (Devon Corneal Huffington Post)
- Stay-At-Home-Moms: What You Should NEVER Say to Them (Amy Shearn Huffington Post)
Great post! Love the symbolism of the GPS system!! So true!!
Thanks! My sister and I were out for dinner, and we were talking about our families, and she said, “there’s no roadmap for this.” That really stuck with me and inspired my post.