That question is asked at an early age all the way through college.
My answer out loud was teacher.
What I really wanted to say and should have was wife and mother. That is all I wanted to be. Why couldn’t I say that? Why did I feel I couldn’t? Is it so bad to want to be this? To want to raise my kids full time and be someone’s wife?
I did become a teacher. In fact, when I had Izzy, I was working as an Educational Director at a private preschool in NYC. Impressive, yes? I took her to work with me. She commuted with me. One commuter train, one subway train and one bus. She was always, so good. When we moved to Massachusetts, I couldn’t find a job but John did, so I stayed home and I loved every minute. When KitKat joined us, even better. I loved waking up and planning adventures with them…even after 6 years, it’s the best thing in the world. There is no stress. Focusing on my family is amazing.
People still ask me what I do and up until earlier this year I would respond “I am just a stay at home mom”. I thought a lot about my response. Why was I sounding like it wasn’t important, like I didn’t matter? Like what I do is wrong? Why did I sound like I was apologizing? So I started answering “I enjoy raising my family” and it felt right.