Maybe You Don’t Know The Whole Story
I remember attending school functions when my older son was in grammar school. Many of us moms had younger children at home which meant hiring a babysitter so we could go to parties in kindergarten or attend first grade concerts.
There were several occasions when my friends would ask where my younger son was. He was always home with the nanny we had to hire to care for our 2 year old and newborn baby when I became disabled during pregnancy. When I told friends he was at home with the nanny, their response was often, “Oh my God, you’re so lucky!” I thought “Be careful what you wish for”. They didn’t understand that our nanny wasn’t simply a luxury for me to leave my kids with so I could go to yoga classes or shopping. We live in a wealthy suburb where this is often the case.
I would agree with these comments because I was very lucky to have a nanny to take care of my kids when I was in a wheelchair. I know not all families who face such challenging circumstances have the financial resources to hire help. I felt it was a necessity in my case, but I often wondered about how different things would have been had I been physically unable to care for my babies and unable to hire help.
Thank you for reading :)