What happens next?
I’m sat here on the sofa with a large cuddly unicorn and two teddies. Galla is back at nursery school and Georgie is in bed having a nap. For once I have a little time to write something for the blog. I’ve also got the excellent Tour of Britain on in the background. All I need is a cuppa. Hold on….ahhh delicious.
I’ve started thinking about what happens next for me as a stay at home dad. This is Galla’s final year at nursery school before she starts reception next September and Georgie will up her days at her nursery next year. All this means I will start to have more time on my hands. I really didn’t think this would come up so quickly. But as ever with children, everything happens fast!
Galla went to a birthday party on Saturday. It was in a village hall and all her nursery school friends were there. There was a bouncy castle and a huge ball pit on offer. As expected the kids had a great time and I had a chance to grab the occasional chat with a few of the parents there.
I was chatting to one mum about her going back to work. She commented that she loved being back at work as being a stay at home parent was doing her head in. I’ve heard this quite a lot from various stay at home parents. They really look forward to going back to work, whether full or part-time. Among the comments; “getting the brain back in gear”, “having a chance for some grown up conversation” etc.
Friends and family have also asked me what am I going to do as the girls grow older and start school. What’s my answer?
Well, I love being a stay at home parent and at the moment I can’t ever imagine returning to work. Certainly not back to the career I had before! While I enjoyed working with my colleagues, my job as a management accountant just wasn’t fulfilling and I definitely felt like I was treading water with the monotony of month ends, year ends and re-forecasts. The opportunity to be a stay at home Dad was something I couldn’t pass up!
Before I started life as a stay at home Dad, I had in my mind I’d have time to think about what I really wanted to do career-wise and perhaps I would think of something completely different. But to be honest, I find being a domestic god and looking after the girls so time-consuming that I can’t seem to see beyond that at the moment.
So what am I considering? Obviously whatever I end up doing will have to fit in around school drop offs and pick ups. I’d probably have to work part-time or do some contracting? I’ve joked about find a cafe job and learning to be a barista…..but you know, that could work. Or going into education. Perhaps I could use my financial background and offer some sort of online accounting assistance.
Not forgetting our potential move to New Zealand, it’ll be full time organising that!
I really don’t know and I’m hoping inspiration will hit sooner or later. I’m certainly not going to set the world on fire blogging!