As I sit here though typing and listening to music while the kids make the huge mess, I am reminded of a very good friend who has started her day the same yet differently. In her house, she has to rise early to get a shower then push her daughter carefully through the morning routine to get her out the door successfully to daycare without time for a tantrum or breakdown. There is no time to stop and make a flower out of play dough or stay in their jammies a little longer. We are both moms, but our days are very different, however no one can says whose day is more difficult or valued.
This morning as Rich was flipping through the news, one of the top stories was about a person from the Obama campaign whose remarks about stay at home parenting were taken as an insult to many. I am not insulted by these comments, because clearly I know anyone who ever says staying at home as a parent is not work has never done it. I find it a shame that women instead of respecting each others' choices become decisive and attack each other. The bottom line is that parenting is difficult no matter if you are at home, at work or somewhere in between. Instead of playing a game of my job is harder than yours is, let's stick together and respect that no matter what being a parent is a job of enormous responsibility and joy that we can all say is worth it in the end.