I was recently on vacation. I didn’t jet off to Vegas or plant my ass on a sandy beach. I stayed home and caught up around the house…the kids were gone. Dena was working on the road and the eldest was busy with class and work. My son’s team was 1st seed in the playoffs so we had baseball games most every night, but with much less notice on the time and venue.
I spent one morning weeding my flower beds, poop-scooping and mowing the lawn. Not fun or glamorous but needed. I played with the dogs and spent alot of the time thinking (as I often do during work like this…Trust me, even if they are all nearby, no one will bother you if you have a poop scooper in your hand). One of the things that crossed my mind is that it would be nice to come back in my next life as either a wealthy stay-at-home-mom or have a job that lets me easily pay for all the “services” I was providing that day.
Stay with me folks.
Many people I know pay for a variety of things around their house. One is thrilled to have hired a lawn service and reports practically squealing each time she comes home to a freshly mowed yard. I know lots of folks who pay for weekly poop scooping service and firmly believe it is money well spent. And then there are those with housekeepers. There are SO many of them. I wondered if this is a phenomenon common in my workplace or if the rest of the world operates that way too.
Do you know?
Beyond that I thought about how nice it might be to schedule those services. Then when I came home there would be no poop, the yard could look awesome and my house would always be party-ready.
But that stuff costs good money and is not where I have committed to focusing. Sigh…
What about those folks’ kids?
I am not saying mean or derogatory stuff but genuinely wonder how paying all those people to do all that work impacts the the kids when they move out on their own for the first time and have never mowed a lawn, scooped poop or cleaned house. I want my children to value higher education and always tell them that to make money they need to either do something no one wants to or knows how to do and take your pick wisely.
My kids are responsible for keeping their rooms clean and taking care of our pets needs. Not each week but certainly on occasion my kids dust, wash windows, vacuum, sweep, scoop poop, take out trash, and are learning to clean the bathrooms. I don’t have a crystal ball but I do hope they will never be afraid of or too lazy for hard work.
Do you know “those people” too? What do you think? How did their kids compare?
I think there are good points either way you go but I wanna know which way you lean…or think you would.
Lillian Studevant is a working professional and mother of three. She is passionate about animals and rescues dogs in addition to two of her own. Follow more of her family's adventures on her Personal Blog.
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