Family Dynamic of Childhood versus Family Dynamic Now
As a child, I grew up in your typical family of four household. My parents both had full-time jobs and I had an older brother. We grew up three blocks from my grandparents and with aunts and uncles within walking distance too. We were a pretty ‘normal’ family. Parents worked, we went to grandma’s when we needed a sitter after school. We played sports in school and at the local parks. We were in little league baseball or softball from age 5 through 18. Some years the parents coached, others, they carted us around and cheered us on. We were expected to take care of our pets (always dogs) and do our household chores which ranged from dishes to laundry or anything above, below or in between that we were told to do. We were in magnet schools through middle school and high school and took challenging classes therefore, we always had tons of homework to complete. Many a night was spent at the kitchen table completing homework before chores were done and we were able to go to bed. We never missed out on anything that I can remember at this time, but had a pretty fantastic childhood with vacations to places like the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. We had summer season passes to Astroworld and enjoyed growing up in the same place for all our years as children.
As a parent, I am now a stay at home mom. I am a former educator, so I understand the importance of education. I love to read to my kids and play games with them. I take the on adventures every week! We are usually out and about more than we are at home because they have their favorite places to go to, just like I have my favorites to take them to. It has been a HUGE blessing to stay at home with both of my children since they were born. My husband is a very hard working man and I love him with all I have for blessing our family with his awesome determination to always do better for us. I started my own small business when my son was 6 months old and have enjoyed learning the ins and outs of owning a business. There is always room for improvement, but I enjoy the challenges and the rewards. The biggest reward – staying at home with my kids and being able to work from where ever we might be.
So while I did not grow up with a stay at home mom, I know there were times when my mom was laid off from her job and she was there with us at home and we probably did more at that time than when she worked full-time, but we never wanted for anything and I want my children to be the same – to always have what they need and know that they are so very LOVED!