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Just sitting outside, enjoying the view.

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Mommy Lunch Breaks

According to the NYS labor laws, an employee is guaranteed a half hour lunch break between 11am and 2pm if they worked over six hours and began work before 11am and worked past 2pm. I’d just like to throw it out there that I just got Grey to bed at 8:10pm and I have been “working” since  he woke up at 5:43am, which doesn’t include the little night time rendezvous we enjoyed at 2:15am  – does that not constitute some sort of break?

Unfortunately, when you are a work at home mother, breaks are hit or miss. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I watch two other children several days a week. When the stars align, Greyson and Lauren* nap at exactly the same time that Thomas* goes to preschool. During these precious few and far between breaks, I enjoy a cup of coffee and browse the DVR list of the family I work for. On a side note, you can learn a lot about a person by what they DVR. I swear I am blaming my addiction to Shahs of Sunset and Guiliana and Bill on my employers.

On other days, naps are a luxury, tantrums are frequent, and breaks are nonexistent. I have to say that 99% of the time, I believe I can handle all of this easily. After all, I am lucky that managing these types of struggles allows me to spend all day with my son, which is amazing. Not to mention, I used to run an entire child care center, managing 25 staff members and overseeing the care of about 150 children at any given time. However, everyone has their days and today was one of them. Greyson cried the majority of the day, boycotted his naps, refused to eat. I’m not sure what’s up with him, but I’d bet $100 that if I called my doctor they’d tell me it’s teething. You could call there and give them a list of symptoms, like long periods of crying, diarrhea, fever, earache, blah, blah, blah –the answer is always teething. Don’t bother paying a co-pay. It’s always teething. Looks like I could be a pediatrician. It’s easy. Just tell them it’s teething.

On days like this, I feel guilty that my patience is dwindling and that I am too tired to do anything exciting with the kids except simply count the minutes until I can go to sleep. Matt has been sick in bed for a few days, so my back up is out of commission as well. If only NYS mandated half hour lunch breaks every six hours for work-at-home mothers, maybe we’d all be a little bit more sane.

 

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