Most generally when you meet someone for the first time they ask "What do you do for an occupation?" A persons job usually tells a lot about what kind of person you are. I use to respond with "I'm a stay at home mom." The conversations tend to be rather dull after that or end very quickly. A stay at home mom to some people seems very boring. I started feeling like my job wasn't important enough to others. I switched it up a bit with "I'm a stay at home mom, but I use to work at a hospital for 13 years." I would resort back to my old job. That sounds way more important right? It always lead to much more exciting conversations as well.
I think I will start responding with, I have a ton of jobs. I'm a nurse, chauffeur, chef, teacher, playmate, housekeeper, laundry attendant, volunteer, accountant, and a babysitter. Now, that is way more interesting for people to hear.
It has taken me several years now to be proud of what I do. Even if to some it's boring, not important, and I don't get paid. I have come to the realization that to some it doesn't sound like a "job." However, it is the most fortunate and unselfish job there is. I wouldn't trade being able to stay at home for any amount of money. I have decided I don't really care what peoples first impression of me staying at home is anymore. I know why I do it and I know that it is the most important thing I can do right now.