Moms don’t Punch Out

Welch’s juice company, just released their findings, to a new study and I have to admit, I am not surprised. I was however elated to see that others are in agreeance, when it comes to how many hours a mom is truly working (quiet cheers.)

I always realized from a young age that mothers (and dads too) work really hard (even an observant child can see that.) I actually remember pre (my own) kids taking care of my three cousins for a few days and thinking, OMG I need a frigging dozen naps! Everything, that I did over those few days, made me realize that every mother is pretty much a Patron Saint. It was literally exhausting and they were good kids!

Women around the world have been taking care of  their kids, cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring kids, working their “actual job”  and the list goes on and on for centuries now. Since becoming a mom myself almost nine years ago, I have one observation. Most days it is a miracle if my eyes are still open after nine. That time of night has slowly decreased, as I have produced more tiny humans hahaha. It is now like 7:45 pm.

According to the survey findings, Welchs Juice Company discovered, ( I don’t think this was a secret) that most moms begin their day at around 6:30am and continue “working” until around 8:30 pm. Obviously this is seven days a week, which is equivalent to working about two and a half FULL TIME jobs. I haven’t received my retro check in years, WTF! Cha-Ching! I bet I’m a millionaire when I finally get that check! 

Even on my most stressful days, I would not change any of that for the world. Seriously, the pile(s) of laundry, overflowing sink, endless to-do list(s) are all part of the most incredible job in the world. Being a mom just can’t be compared to anything on Earth really. Maybe something but we won’t get into that haha.

Okay, okay, Crystle stop lying.

I’m not a  fulltime Pinterest mom, I admit it.  However, I am not trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes either. This so-called “job” aka being a mom is the most incredible thing I have ever done.

It is also the hardest thing I have ever done. No complaints, because at the end of the day it is a true blessing. Most days are a challenge and there is pretty much nothing glamorous about exploding diapers, sickness or having bags under your eyes. Yet,  every single day for me, is another day of working towards being a good mom, wife, employee, business owner and other things. Despite the constant challenges I get the entire picture, so here it is

*Disclaimer- haters back off, we already know, we choose to have kids, so I said it for you. Carry on, Keyboard Warrior. 

The God’s honest truth is, I didn’t feel like my life had much value or purpose for a very long time, until I had my kids. It was like self discovery and a really quick reality check on steroids.

Like hey! Get your shit together, no time for bullshit and just take care of your kids. They are the only thing that matters. They are going to love you when you are at your best and Lord knows, they are going to love you at your worst. No one else is going to do that. I thank God for that everyday.

My kids are the only people right now on this planet who genuinely don’t care about my failures, my inability to have everything done daily, staying up to date with laundry, cleaning the house, cooking a gourmet meal or really any of that stuff that we become fixated with. Like most kids they only care about YOU, no judgements or stipulations attached to that either. There is non of the nonsense that we become consumed with accompanying our kids love. I mean what other boss at a fulltime job actually cares about and loves you, like your kids do? Cricketts.

So when it comes to working 2.5 full time jobs, I’ll work forever. I don’t care. I don’t care that I am tired, I have coffee. I don’t care that I am not accomplishing most things,  there is always tomorrow. I don’t care that I am not making gourmet meals, there is always delivery. I don’t care about mopping my floors right this minute, there is always later.

I want to do the best I can at this job, even on the days when I want to call out or quit, I still find a way to make it all work.  It is miraculous that my tiny bosses know when I need them the most. Delivering my paycheck in the kid version of Bitcoin aka hugs and kisses and saying I love you without reservation. That makes it all worth it.

So mamas out there. Don’t be consumed with the research, even if we finally have a pat on the back that we deserve. Be consumed with the fact that we have the most important job in the world. Our job is priceless and even on the worst days, we should feel grateful to be employed, by the best bosses out there. Our little babies only need dedicated employees.

Continue “Doing Life” your way, not theirs. 

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