Do You Watch TV All Day?

WARNING: This is going to be a rant!

Morgan's Milieu | Do you sit on your bum all day?: Roaring Lion sitting on grass - cue rant.

Before I fell pregnant with Big Prince I worked in an office. I woke every morning, drove to work, spent hours in the office and drove home again. I stopped work to have children and becoming a stay-at-home mum was one of the best things I have EVER done.

Most of the women I know work while their children are at school. On the school-run they're dressed in their suits or uniforms and hurry off as soon as the children are in the classroom. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like. 

As I wander back to my car I think about those mums and how busy their lives must be. Not only do they work but they do housework and take care of the children too. On the plus side they get to talk to colleagues and other adults throughout the day. I would never say they have it better than me, or the other way around, but some people do.

I am a stay-at-home mum, I take care of my children and while they are at school I do the housework. A mum is not all I am. Writing is a huge part of my life now and I most of my time doing that. Recently I was talking to a friend who made an off-hand comment that wound me up. She was talking about returning to work after being made redundant and she said "I won't have to watch Jeremy Kyle anymore". She laughed at the time but I saw the look in her eye and knew what she was trying to say.

As a stay-at-home mum it is presumed that I sit on my bum all day, while the boys are at school, and watch daytime TV. I can't tell you how angry that assumption makes me. I don't remember the last time I saw any daytime TV and even if I had the time for that I'd write instead.

Admittedly the woman I was talking to didn't know that I write but even if she did I'm sure it wouldn't make a difference. Some people think that because you work from home you sit and stare at the TV instead of working. It is not real work. 

*Hear Chandler from Friends* They couldn't be more wrong.

Just because I work from the comfort of my own home does not mean I will sit in front of the TV. I spend my days sitting in front of the computer, as I would if I were working in an office. When it's time to pick up the boys from school I jump in the car and go get them. Then the housework starts. Some days I don't get a real break until 9pm, just like some of those people that go out to work. 

So no, I DO NOT watch TV all day. 

Morgan's Milieu | Do you sit on your bum all day?: Sleeping dog, rant over.

How about you - how do you fill your days?

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