When we are in a paying position outside the home there are usually tasks that you can tick off your list and have a feeling of accomplishment. I taught school. As a Montessori teacher you teach the children that a task is not complete until everything they used for that activity was put back exactly as they found it. It was very rewarding to watch the children get trained, discover new concepts and blossom in their development. At the end of the day as I was going out the door the room would be in order and I knew my day there was complete. I could leave satisfied that I had done a good job.
On the other hand when I stayed at home some days left me really wondering if I had accomplished a thing. The problem is parenting is not a task. It’s not like you can close the door and say it is finished for today. Parenting is relational; it’s about nurturing, caring, developing, and loving. It’s not about a task you can check off your list. It’s a 24-hour 7-day a week commitment.
We were at the home of a new mom on the weekend. The thing that struck me was the peace that was in the home. The lovely new mom had been in a very high-powered position with a top well known company. I asked her how she was coping with the seemingly mundane routine. She smiled and answered, “I feel completely fulfilled in what I am doing now!”
Therein lies the answer to job satisfaction! Being a parent does bring great fulfilment when you realise this is a call on your life not a task you have to do.