Hmmm… Don’t see anybody yet… Wait, wait maybe… Oh, nope that was just a cricket I heard chirping in the corner.
Oh, riiiiight, maybe no one is standing up because it doesn’t f’ing exist. You want to go find a part-time mother? Try going to find a unicorn instead, you’ll have better luck. And while you are at it, find a Kardashian that doesn’t take selfies and a toddler that doesn’t become an invertebrate whilst strapping them into a car seat. Because aaaallll off that mess is going to happen before you find a “part-time” mother.
Unfortunately I just saw the intro to a House Hunters episode where the wife introduced herself as a “full-time mother and part-time advertising consultant”. Son of a b!t$h, when are we going to stop doing this to ourselves and each other?! The phrase full-time mother implies that there is another type of mother. Like, I don’t want to be confused with a non full-time mother so I really need to spell this s&:! out. But this begs the question, is there really another type of mother?
Sorry peeps, but, no, there isn’t. I have friends who are divorced and share custody with ex-husbands, friends who stay at home but spend almost 20 hours a week training for marathons and triathlons, friends who work outside the home part-time, full-time, and in my case, crazy-time. And guess what? We are never off duty, none of us are ever not mothers. Even when it is your ex-spouse’s visitation day, who fields the phone calls from the school nurse and settles disputes between siblings? Plans birthday parties, does infinite loads of laundry filled with socks without mates and grocery shops for the “good” lunchbox snacks? Yep, that’s you, mom. Even if you need a “wife”, you are still always a mother. I have been covered in blood and had a cell phone held up to my ear to tell my nanny, “No, my child can not eat a fifth packet of oatmeal for dinner.” (Yeah, that’s a whole other story…).
Anyways, the point is, regardless of your hobbies, your interests, or your career, whatever takes you out of the house or away from your child for whatever amount of time, you are still a “full-time” mother. There is no time card to punch in and out of as mothers. (I mean, if that were the case, then I would gladly clock out next week when we take our 2 year old’s pacifier away, *&%$!@) But, the bottom line is, we can’t clock out, check out, or hand off to another person this special role that we have. Let’s drop this full-time, part-time nonsense. Let’s have enough confidence in ourselves to not feel as if we have to use these terms, and enough confidence to not let anyone make us feel anything less than awesome.
Now, off to find that Kardashian…