Here's a conversation I had with my daughter the other day:
Daughter: "Mommy, are you old enough to work in a doctor's office now?"
Me: "Yes, I'm old enough, but doctors have to go to special schools to learn how to be doctors. I went to school, but I didn't learn how to be a doctor."
Daughter: "Oh yea, because you learned how be a mommy."
Now, Renee, Heather and I could fill this blog with the oh-so-cute things that our kids say. But we want you to keep reading us each and every day, so we don't.
I'm telling you about this conversation only because it seems all my friends are having that talk again. You know, the one about our "next careers."
For many of us, our last-born or only children are heading off to kindergarten. My 5-year-old (and youngest) starts next week. Ostensibly, we'll have more hours during the day when we're not physically taking care of/entertaining/shuttling a child. Do we head back to the workforce? Do we tackle long-ignored projects? If we're able to swing it financially, do we enjoy this "free" time for a while?
Most of my friends are not considering a return to their former careers. Been there, done that. Don't need the full-time grind. I put myself - a newspaper journalist in a previous life - in that group. We still want to be at-home moms when our kids are at home, so that means doing something part-time and flexible, yet meaningful. It wouldn't hurt if it were lucrative, too. And didn't involve wearing high heels. Or commuting.
We're not particular, we just know what we want.
What are you going to be when you grow up?