Today Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s blog asked “Why Do You Work?” . I have pondered it for a bit. It’s an interesting question. She says that 6 out of 10 say “because I have to” and many get up and go to jobs they just can’t stand because it pays the bills.
I have to admit, I do work because ‘I have to’. We have 7 children (6 at home) and we need the two incomes. I want to be able to give our children a good life with activities that will expand their horizons (Scouting) and keep them physically fit and active (swimming and dance). While those activities aren’t a requirement to having a happy and healthy childhood, I think being able to do something is important. I also want us to have some fun and take vacations here and there. We also have debt and we need to be able to pay that off.
I also work because I am pretty much happy with my job. I am a pharmacy assistant but work in the insurance industry auditing on-line prescription claims. I love math, so it satisfies that. It gets me out of the house every day, and even though I have always dreamed of being a stay at home mom, I am not sure I am all that cut out for it. I have a great supervisor, and I work with a terrific team that I am happy to be able to call friends (and they’re all going to call me suck up when they read this, LOL!). I get the flexibility of telecommuting if I need to, and I get a really decent amount of paid time off days. I do enjoy going into work most days.
That being said, if I won the $20 million dollars in tonight’s Lotto Max, I would quit work and be a stay at home mom for a while. I would do the school trip thing, and the school council thing, and all the other work that being a SAHM entails.
So, why do you work? And I know that some of my readers are SAHM’s, don’t think that I think you don’t work! Why are you a stay at home parent? Enquiring minds want to know.