Regret staying home?
This topic was brought up on a mom's group I'm part of.
There is no doubt that I struggle with feelings of regret for being home ALL day with my boys since Riley was born. Some stages have been harder than others.
Every day we walk past this awesome dayhome where the kids are out playing in the back and having a wonderful time together, and my 4 year old asks me when I'm going to work so that he can go play there. So some days I feel like they would have so much more fun with other kids rather than staying at home with boring ol' mom who loses her cool and is so tired of listening to them fight. I feel like they aren't that great socially because they only have eachother and their cousins, so they aren't used to meeting new people all that much. They maybe don't do as many crafts and games and learn their Abc's as early....
I am the one who is teaching them about life, and about love and respect and God. I'm the one having fun with them and making memories with them that I hope they will cherish them as much as I do. I pick them up when they fall, I kiss their owwies, I teach them songs and swimming and how to make lego spaceships. They get to be brothers and friends together. They get to be home and be lazy when they want to. We dance, we fight, we exercise, we sing, we eat together, and soon enough they will all be in school with their friends, and living their own lives and I'll be glad I've had this time.
That's what I think about on those really tough days when I wish I could "farm them out!"