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Many picture stay-at-home moms to be living a life of great leisure doing nothing all day but clean their nails, curl their hair, and basically pass time in frivolities. There are those who can’t imagine how we moms could possibly be stressed staying at home. Heck, even our own husbands have the gall to ask us what we’ve been doing all day. I just don’t think they realize that we don’t have magic powers like Mary Poppins who can have toys packed away with just a song and a flick of a finger.
So, what exactly happens at home the entire day? Children’s needs are attended to, meals are cooked, dishes are washed, furniture and floors dusted and cleaned, clothes washed – and the list goes on forever. Let’s just say that if a husband comes home and finds the house exactly in the same state as it was when he left that morning, then you bet that a great deal of work was done to keep things in order.
Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned moms like me who do all these and have ‘income-generating’ work to boot. Aside from doing all the chores at home, they manage their own home-based businesses or perform online jobs. These jobs take several hours each day and, when workload is heavy, eat much of our bedtime as well. Mind you, the tasks that we do at home are emotionally, physically, and mentally taxing.
Well, if it’s really that stressful, then why do we still choose to work at home? Here are three primary reasons why many of us do:
By being our children’s foremost caregivers, we would be able to ensure their upbringing based on the values we want to inculcate in them. Also, there’s nothing more fulfilling than to personally witness our children reach every milestone in their lives.
This means that there’s less worry over finances. Moreover, children are likely able to go to private schools as parents can afford to send them there for premiere education. The additional income that work-at-home moms earn also enables the family to take trips and vacations that strengthen their bond as a family.
It’s not uncommon for moms who set aside their own careers to tend to the home front to feel somewhat left behind by their peers who have since climbed the corporate ladder. Being able to work at home and earn money doing something we’re good at gives us a sense of accomplishment and boosts our self-worth. It may seem self-gratifying but a mother who is confident about herself and her capabilities will most likely be able to raise children who are also as self-confident.
Though stress does get to me sometimes and I do get jealous when hubby gets to eat out with his friends while I’m at home feeding the kids, at the end of the day, I still wouldn’t trade my being a work-at-home-mom for any other career. What other career rewards you with hugs and kisses brimming with unconditional love? Nada.
Spending quality time with one’s partner is a crucial factor in maintaining a good relationship. The same thing applies to nurturing relationships within the family. Having regular bonding activities for the whole family is one way to keep family ties strong and maintain open communication between parents and children. This will allow parents to understand their children better and provide them with the guidance that they need. It is also a good opportunity for parents to inculcate good family values to their children. Bonding activities for the family need not be expensive. In fact, some of the most enjoyable activities are those that barely put a dent in one’s budget.
The simplest way to establish a good bond in the family is to spend their mealtimes together. Parents who have work schedules that prevent them from having breakfast or lunch with the family could make up by having quality dinner with their children. Quality dinner has little to do with the food served on the table, the presence of the whole family in the dinner table and the sharing of thoughts along with the meals served gives value to family dinners.
Watching TV or movie re-runs at home can also be a good bonding activity for the whole family. One can simulate a movie house atmosphere by dimming the lights and serving chips and freshly made popcorn in glass bowls. The movie isn’t the only thing that the family members can enjoy, as the young ones can also have fun popping corn for the grown-ups in the family. Some close-knit families today have family movie time with their immediate and extended family members every weekend or at least once a month.
There is no need to leave the home to spend quality time with the whole family. Eating together, watching the stars at night, or even doing chores together can make family members feel closer to each other. Experiencing life’s simple joys are often the ones that form a lasting bond in the family.
Fans of the 80’s movie fave are still hanging around in hopes of seeing the third Ghostbusters movie real soon. With all that has transpired since news of the third release came out in the 1990s, people are starting to get confused if it’s a go or no-go. In recent interviews with movie franchise partner and one of the original series’ leads Dan Aykroyd, the actor-writer is still pushing for the filming of the sequel. At one point though, he seemed to be exasperated by the push and pull of the personalities involved. “We can’t wait forever… it’s time now to make this movie, or you will lose your principals,” Aykroyd said.
It has been more than a decade since Aykroyd wrote the initial draft of Ghostbusters 3. The script failed to get the go-ahead primarily due to issues about the characters not having enough personality and the script having too much techno-babble. It was back to the drawing board and Aykroyd remained unfazed in the face of criticism that there seems to be a lack of interest and motivation in coming up with the third film in the series.
The new script involves a passing-of-the-torch angle with a new generation of Ghostbusters picking up from where the original crew of Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, and Winston Zeddemore together with their trusty girl Friday Janine Melnitz left off. New techno-gizmos will also be introduced as the new generation of Ghostbusters chase after paranormal activity in different dimensions.
Another setback to the filming of Ghostbusters 3 is the indecision of Bill Murray in doing the movie – he is known to dislike sequels. He did, however, indicate in some interviews that he could give it a try. Reports came out that when he was sent the script, he tore the script to pieces and sent back a note that said “no one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts.” Aykroyd appeared in public to deny this report, but confirmed that Murray is not going to be part of Ghostbusters 3.
The ball is now in the court of the studios. Aykroyd and the writers are just raring to start filming. With the filming dates being pushed back from summer to fall of next year, it seems that Aykroyd might just throw in the towel and focus on being a vodka connoisseur – anyone want to call for a Crystal Head instead?