Yep. And that was before it was all bloggy to do so.
Did I enjoy being a SAHM? Absolutely. Would I do it all over again? Yes indeed. Would I do anything differently? Yep. Sure would. I would have figured out a way to earn some bucks.
That is one reason I am so glad to see so many SAHM's (and a few dads too) blogging these days. Good for them! Make that money ladies (and gents) and sock it away. Here's why---
First, not all of us find ourselves totally digging our spouse when the nest empties out and we're left with him/her and realize that we are simply not happy and have nothing in common. Daily life becomes a heavy laden chore that we must suffer through because, as a SAHM (or dad) we forfeited our earning potential and find ourselves penniless as well. Unable to make a change. So we look for ways to deal with our misery without appearing...well, miserable. We put on those happy, smiling facades and no one is the wiser. But, inside, we ache for happiness and well being.
Second, for those who do find themselves thrilled to be left with time to spend with the love of their life when the kids are grown and have moved on, there is 'extra' money to play with. There may be a bit for some travel. A nice, romantic vacation just for two. Or some $$$ for those home renovations that they dreamed of making but just didn't have the time or space when the kids were growing up. Or for just about anything because, let's face it, when you're left with your soul mate, anything is possible.
So kudos to those moms (and dads) who are sharing their knowledge/wisdom/thoughts/ideas and special deals/wonderful products/creative projects with other moms and dads out there. I'm so glad y'all have found a way to be right there with your precious ones as they grow up and make money at the same time. I find y'all resourceful and smart and innovative. And, when those little bits have entered the adult world and are no longer living with you, you'll have some of that cash socked away for that special time with your one true love. Or to make that much needed change.
Either way, I like a lot of what I'm seeing out there in the mommy (daddy) blogging genre. And I'm glad they've found a way to have it both ways.
Of course, there are some out there who are sharing thoughts/ideas/suggestions/advice that borders on duh or stupid. But that's for another post.
Until later, y'all!