Turns out, I’m insanely jealous

This Yiddisheh mama has a major confession to make. I’ve been holding this one in, so bear with me. It comes from a lifetime ago. You SAHM’s, like my Mrs., oh how I want to be you. Let me schmear (spread) some broad, sweeping caveats, loudly and clearly, that you, by far, have the single hardest job on the planet. 

Dem, ikh visn. This, I know.

You may find me to be the schmegeggy (doofus, idiot). Hours suck. Pay worse. Days are ongoing and relentless. Sleep? Vos iz dos? (What is that?) Tantrums, bickering, and ‘hangry’ (tired and hungry) whining. The driving, the traffic, the geshrei-ing (yelling).  There are enough scattered organic food scraps strewn across the car to easily feed a small city to enrage me. I am aware of the mistreatment and abuse you encounter. Selective deafness. Your voice sounds like the adults on any episode of Charlie Brown — Whaa whaa whaaa whaaaa whaaa… And, like the air they breathe, they take you for granted daily, hurling sweaters, trash, already-chewed gum, back-packs, boogers from their noses that they don’t ever pick, and whatever that was, that was stuck on the bottom of their boots at you on their way to play. Ewww. Disgusterous. The spills, messes, laundry, groceries and constant wardrobe changes. The lack of privacy and ‘me time.’ The lack of adult conversation. I feel your pain when a craft, carefully chosen with thoughtfulness and love, causes utter unhappiness, and you experience the ‘epic mom fail.’ Oy vey iz mir (OMG).

It’s this momma’s mishegas (craziness) for which I yearn. Who’s meshuggah (nuts) here? I know it’s me. I’m in awe of you and your daily sacrifices. I value you in ways society always overlooks. You have the charge of building little human beings that are kind and empathic in a world that is not.

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89 thoughts on “Turns out, I’m insanely jealous

    1. Thank you, for your kind words. It happens too much in the world. Like teachers, caregivers, moms and dads and all types of parental units don’t get the kudos they deserve. #dreamteam #hardestjobintheworld #bestjobintheworld xoxo

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      1. Oh you just reminded me of an old Odessa joke. A man is renting a summer house. The landlady is very strict: no kids, no pets! “A vade,- exclaims the man,- vu den?” On June 1sr, he arrives, and about a dozen kinderlach spill out of the car. “Gonif! – screams the landlady, – you said you had no kids!” “And where do you see kids? These are my diamonds!”
        You are definitely very rich with two diamonds K”Y”H!

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  1. Great post! The life of a parent, working or stay home, is hard, and kinda sucks some serious balls at times. (For lack of a better phrase) it’s awesome that you at least realize what both sides entail, and it’s super awesome that you can provide and give your Mrs. the chance to do what she does. Without a doubt, your girls are going to kick some serious arse in this world with the empowering and loving upbringing they receive! Hats off to you!!

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  2. The challenge of parenting, whether a SAH parent or a Working Parent is always challenging. I was that SAHM for the first 8 years of my kids lives, and I do see it as a privilege to have been there for them, always. You put it beautifully as being a SAHM there aren’t many places where you’re championed & celebrated. Lovely post
    #GlobalBlogging

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    1. Thanks so much, Tracey. It is really a genuine jealousy! Yahoo for all the underappreciated, overworked, tired, cleaning, cooking, driving mama’s! That’s what our society should treasure. Not football stars! xoxo #GlobalBlogging xoxo

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  3. Great post! Being a mom is the hardest job ever. And, you can never have any time off! But it is all worth it.
    #bestandworst

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  4. It is so true, stay at home parents are so undervalued! My hubby and I both work and do the stay-at-home thing part time so we get the best of both worlds. I hope we can keep it up for as long as possible! Thanks for joining us at #GlobalBlogging

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    1. Nu? It’s my shtick! I love that you love it! May everyone love it! Yiddish is so much fun, and makes everything sound so much better! xoxo #CoolMumClub Hope you enjoyed your time away! xoxo

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  5. I’ve had a particularly crappy week this week with a very mischevious and naughty little boy. He’s not like this all the time, he’s just testing me – big time! So I needed to read this, to remind me of all those wonderful things I have done and will do being his Mum that is with him as much as I can be. He starts school in September (sob!) and I am now making the most of this special time we have left together before he embarks on the next chapter! Thanks for linking up to #TriumphantTales, hope to see you again on Tuesday 🙂

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  6. When i was on maternity leave i dreamt of returning to work and couldnt deal with being at home 24/7. Now im at work I miss being at home all day. So now im upping my blogging game to reduce my hours to have the best of both worlds! I guess the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side” really applies to parenthood!!
    Thanks for linking up to #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back on Tuesday

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! I’m really just writing straight from my heart, and I think this one really resonates with the conundrum so many of us face. The difference here being, we are both moms, and both wracked with emotions. 😦 🙂 #Lifewith Girls #TriumphantTales Thanks os much for reading too! xoxo

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  7. I think we all have days where we would happily swap. It’s so important to respect what one another do, and not play the I’m more tired / more stress/ worked harder game isn’t it. Love the balance you have in this post. Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

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  8. Great post! That’s what mums do (or the parent staying at home with the children / running the home)! And if I was dad – or simply the one working outside the home all day, I’m sure I’d feel jealous too. And I’d want to get home and feel relaxed. But I’d probably come home to ‘the look’ too 😉 Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope to see you again next time!

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  9. I have not experienced as many emotions in my entire life as I have in my 17 months of motherhood. Some bad, some confusing, most amazing! Actually, that’s not entirely true. Pregnancy was a rollercoaster in it’s own right. #KCACOLS

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  10. I feel the same way sometimes, I think it’s definitely the hardest job in the world but also the most rewarding, right!? I can’t really say but when I’m with my son on the weekends I have massively stark highs and lows, but the highs are really high! Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

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  11. Well explained. There are pluses and minuses in either role, I think, but I can understand this. On the other hand, if you are the parent who isn’t doing the every day stuff with the kids, that makes you the ‘special’ one. The one the kids run to and make a fuss over, trampling the boring one they’ve seen all day out of the way in the process! 😉 Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics

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  12. Yes, being a parent is the hardest job in the world. I think it doesn’t matter if you are a working mum or a stay at home mum, being a mum is just hard and we often feel underappreciated. It is totally worth the hard work though xx #BlogCrush

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  13. Being a SAHM is definitely a hard job, especially when they’re super little, and I’m pretty grateful for my day job tbh! A witty post and a joy to read as always. Thanks for linking to #EatSleepBlogRT. Hope you join again next time.

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