What Home Business?

September 9, 2010 · 34 comments

As Pat and I sat in Laina’s Kindergarten classroom filling out the necessary paperwork during a one hour conference, I noticed a look of confusion cross my husband’s face.

me: (whispering) What’s wrong???

pat: (whispering back) It’s asking what your occupation is….what should I put down???

me: (whispering still) what do you mean?

pat: (whispering more) what should I say…that you’re a…homemaker??

me: (talking loudly) SAY WHAT?

pat: Ssshh.

me: (whispering again) Are you serious right now?

pat: Well what would you put?

And then I slapped Pat.

In front of everyone.

Across the face.

In my mind.

And not because he thinks I’m a homemaker. I have nothing against women making homes and in fact inspire to do it myself someday. My futile attempts at keeping this house clean and these children fed are…well…futile.

I slapped him in my mind because for six years now I’ve been running a home daycare and STILL he does not equate that to a career.

Oh he does now.

But for just that millisecond of hesitation he actually could not give me a job description. A homemaker? Yes I keep a home. I also run a business. I do the bookkeeping, I file taxes, I run a preschool program, I communicate with parents, I open my doors to strange children at 7am and listen to them beg for cookies until 6pm, and I MAKE PLAYDOUGH WITH THEM!

Needless to say Pat got an earful…and he quickly filled in the blank space with “savvy and beautiful business entrepreneur” so I reckon he did learn something from the mind slap.

Oh and the girls started school.
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I’m officially the mother of two school-agers and one step closer to that second tier of parenting. The tier where the kids are all in school and I get to smile fondly at women raising toddlers and say things like “Oh yeah, I guess my kids did throw temper tantrums like that when they were young…I don’t really remember…you’ll get through it. The time goes by SO fast!”

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They’re super excited about that.

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{ 34 comments }

Roo {NiceGirlNotes} September 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Something about that last picture bugs me a little bit. Can’t place my finger on it, though.

Oh God, bad puns. I’m so sorry.

You are a saint for wrangling a bunch of children for 12 hours a day.

June Freaking Cleaver September 9, 2010 at 9:44 pm

OMG, you just made me realize that I AM A HOMEMAKER…damned economy – wonder if they have an occupation for someone who is constantly looking for work?

Texan Mama September 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Um, am I the only one who’s noticing, or did you lay Maile on a torture-device stretching thing? I mean, her legs are all of the sudden VERY LONG. WHEW she looks really tall.

She’s gonna be gorgeous, just like her mama.

alexis September 9, 2010 at 10:31 pm

i can only imagine how slapping your husband at your daughters’ school would have gone over on their teachers. no one would mess with you.

that would have burned my ass, too. good thing he’s seen the light.

Janmary, N Ireland September 9, 2010 at 11:27 pm

I think I would have joined that queue to “vitrually” hit your husband!

trash September 10, 2010 at 12:25 am

Yeah CK never got it either.

‘What? You just hang around the house all day playing with little kids. It’s not like you couldn’t do some ironing as well.’

Mhmmmm… b/c that would go down so well with the Childcare Inspection people at OfStEd.

Other people’s kids in my house for a million hours a day? Reeeeeeeeaally don’t miss it.

dysfunctional mom September 10, 2010 at 1:04 am

Pat better be careful, he’s going to end up with foot-in-ass disease.

HeatherLeah September 10, 2010 at 3:44 am

Holy cow *blinks* The psychiatrist was WRONG when he told me there was no such thing as the Butterfly People. I told him I saw some at the mall. He didn’t believe me! I can’t wait to show him this pic!

teehee

Jannica September 10, 2010 at 3:56 am

Holy cow…how do you manage to take care of other peoples kids? I can barely take care of my own…last week I baby sat for my cousin, and I was like ew, gross! Good on ya!

And way to go with 2 kids in school! I have four more years…or is it three? I can’t wait!

Jeanette September 10, 2010 at 4:42 am

I spewed coffee all over my phone when I read the part about slapping…so funny!!

Btw, I lurve the plug-in you have for easy cell phone reading. It loads superfast and makes reading much easier!

Allison @ Alli n Son September 10, 2010 at 4:46 am

I hate the title homemaker. I’m almost insulted by it. As if I’m sitting around all day making the house look pretty, while my toddler sits quietly and looks through books.

Yea, I couldn’t write that without laughing either.

Jen September 10, 2010 at 4:46 am

Your back hand is fierce. I know that Pat will NEVER make that mistake again.

Grimmgirl September 10, 2010 at 5:05 am

That’s so funny about your husband. My husband was the same way when I was in grad school and was teaching, going to classes, nursing a baby and writing a dissertation. He never quite got it that I was WORKING! I’m cracking up about the butterfly faces. I’m sitting here thinking, well THAT’S an interesting back to school tradition! Then I realize YOU’VE put them there to protect identities. Duh!

CB September 10, 2010 at 5:08 am

Bitch! Do you know how long that I’ve followed your ass on Twitter and never seen your blog???? What the fuck?

I’d have mentally slapped Pat too. My mom has done daycare for 25 years… I HAVE NO CLUE HOW YOU BITCHES DO THIS! I would go fucking nuts. I can barely stay at home with ONE in school and one here all day without losing my damn mind.

You rock hooker! And you’re SO damn hot! If you say you look like that everyday taking care of hellians… I may puke and then kill myself. So lie if you do!

S Club Mama September 10, 2010 at 5:53 am

He seriously almost put homemaker? I am a homemaker, you are a daycare provider/goddess. Duh.

Rhonda September 10, 2010 at 6:22 am

lord, I would DIE. I would DIE if my husband listed me as a homemaker (even though I only pull in about $40/month. ha). I would DIE if I ran a daycare. wow.

ASHLEY September 10, 2010 at 6:40 am

Yay for slapping him.. turkey head.. Why are mean like that?? MY hubby is practically the same and I work outside the house.

Jennifer September 10, 2010 at 6:41 am

Ok, you are going to laugh. That last picture… I was like, “why do all of those people have on butterfly masks?” Ugh. Growing my kids rotted my brain.

And a mental slap is a good thing. Hopefully he won’t ever forget it again.

chele September 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

I love the idea of the “mind slap”.

I must be a third-tier Mom: one in high school, one in college.

I was going to ask about the “butterfly masks” as well, then I took a closer look. Duh! Very creative.

losing brownies September 10, 2010 at 8:36 am

Pat recovered well! Now if all men would be as wise as him, we’d all be happy!

Kimmy September 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

LMAO!! Love that “mind slap”! Too funny. BTW…I just love the way you tell stories. I can totally hear you telling them.

Oh….love the Butterfly Effect!! LOL

Tabitha September 10, 2010 at 10:47 am

Ha ha! I run an in-home daycare, too. My DH is still under the impression that I don’t work. BUT-I pay bills. I told him if I didn’t have to watch other people’s kids, I wouldn’t-I am stuck in the house from 6:45 am-5:30pm feeding, playing with and CHANGING little people. Nope-I don’t work…

K Odell September 10, 2010 at 10:53 am

I was always upset that ex did not consider at home mom a job in itself. He thought I sat home and watched Oprah and ate bon bons all day. I mist certainly didn’t do that when the kids were young. When they were older, maybe- but it wasn’t oprah or bon bons. and since I worked til bedtime I figured tv and snack food were break time.
But- you now have two jobs, or the job of a catholic mom. No, two jobs since you have to deal with other parents too. Great mental slap, sometimes they need it.

Jennifer June September 10, 2010 at 11:16 am

One of my daughter’s classmate’s parents told me that when he asked my 6 year old (at the time) daughter “what is your mommy’s job?” she responded with “checking her email”.
Awesome.

THEStephanie September 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. :) Maybe I should slap my hubby in my mind more often. LOL

Karyn Climans September 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm

It drives me crazy too! Someone asked me the other day when I’m planning to get a “real” job. Meanwhile, I run a business out of my home with sales of $200,000.00 last year. Plus I’m a mom of 2 special needs teenagers, I walk my 2 dogs every day and …
I admit I’m a lousy housekeeper and I don’t cook very often any more and my husband does all of the laundry now BUT I definitely consider myself as having a REAL JOB! When will people stop degrading what we do?
Glad you straightened out your husband. He’ll never make that mistake again.

Tracy P. September 11, 2010 at 4:58 am

Ruh roh, Pat!

I have a home business. Made myself cards and everything. Totally forget that I even have it! Except when I help a friend out with a project and then can’t bring myself to charge them. So yeah, it’s homemaker for me. Lucky me. ;-)

Old School/New School Mom September 11, 2010 at 5:29 am

Good for you! You mind slap that husband! Congratulations on having two school age kids! I bet that went by quickly. My son is only 2 1/2!

Sugar Mama September 11, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Oh, you know I’m going to post on this one because, well, I deal with it ALL of the time. Just last week a dad from my sons’ soccer team came up to me and asked me why I was tired since I don’t work. He tends to be a smart ass, but that comment struck a nerve.

I think it’s because a LOT of in-home daycare providers DO just sit around. Which gives the rest of us a bad rep. But, yeah, your husband should know better. I’m curious now as to what my husband would have written.

Jenni September 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I like what you did with that last picture. Lol

And I totally hear what you’re saying about “not being appreciated.” When people ask what I do, I tell them I currently work for my mom. When they ask “Doing what?” and I tell them I take care of my 90-year-old grandmother, they say, “So you stay at home then?” Well, YES. BUT I also take care of a 90-year-old woman who is the equivalent of a 18 month old child. Let see them do it? It’s a temporary fix to an economy problem, and it pays my bills – therefore, it IS a job.

Lourie September 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

Men just don’t get it. We are at home….when they are at home what are they doing? Yeah….love the mind slap. ;)

Michelle September 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I would’ve slapped my husband too. I work 36 + hours a week outside of the home as a nanny as actually make more money than my previous job at a law firm yet my husband doesn’t consider my job a “real” job. God only knows why not. Sure I have quiet time while the babies nap but I wrangle twin toddlers all day. I’d like to see him do it, day after day.

Happy 1st day of school to your girls!

Sunshine Coast real estate December 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I also run a business. I do the bookkeeping, I file taxes, I run a preschool program, I communicate with parents, I open my doors to strange children at 7am and listen to them beg for cookies until 6pm, and I MAKE PLAYDOUGH WITH THEM!……………….

Nikwai November 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Can I just say…BRAVO!! I wish to have a home business. I wish to be a true homemaker. I currently a stay-at-home mom and wife that is being forced to get back into the workforce because when I was doing work from home (transcribing) it wasn’t steady enough to be considered “helpful”. It sucked to hear him say that I needed to go back to work to help out, just to have him turn around and say that he needed a better job. So now, he has the better job (starts this week) I still have to go back to work, my daughter in daycare, and any income I bring in is still not going to be enough. He actually said…”if you have benefits, it’s worth whatever you make” NOOOO! It isn’t worth missing out on my kids. And what I bring home…if I find a job that will allow me to bring ANYTHING home after daycare costs is going straight to my account since it isn’t enough for you to acknowledge. When I go back to work he’s going to see all that I actually do around here. We’ll see what he’s going to say then. I do everything around here…to include deal with his mother that lives with us when no one else will. Sometimes I just want to shake him and any other man/woman that says a woman that works at home or is a stay-at-home mom doesn’t do anything or contribute. I bite my thumb at them.

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