If you ever wonder what us working moms do during our lunch break I can tell you we are sometimes lucky to actually squeeze food into the lunch break. . . it’s all about getting as many tasks completed that we can do sans child so that we can spend more quality time with the kiddos.
This is what we do. . .
We run errands. We buy dry goods from the grocery store, anything we can leave in the car without fear of spoiling or melting or becoming toxic while it sits there in our car from lunch until we make it home. We pick up pet food from Petsmart or Petco. We get gifts for birthdays and holidays. We get our oil changed. We go to the bank. We renew our registrations.
We stay in the office and catch up on household business. We make phone calls. We schedule appointments. We research classes and things to do with the kiddos when we are with them. We make sure the bills are paid. We budget. We make meal plans and grocery lists. We catch up on emails that are long overdue for an answer. We write on our blogs. We read parenting articles. We finish making costumes or crafts for upcoming holiday parties for the kiddo. We try to figure out other jobs where we could work from home. Sometimes we even try to read a few chapters in the never- ending stack of books telling us “the correct” way to parent while sitting in front of our desks eating a salad, a sandwich, or last night’s leftovers.
If we are lucky we quietly eat an actual lunch at our desk quickly in about 15 minutes so we can leave early to pick up the kids because there’s always a little bit of guilt tugging our heart strings that we are working moms.
If we are super stressed we call in the big guns and schedule an overdue lunch date with one of our closest friends, because meeting them at the park with the kiddos Saturday mornings only allows for about 10 minutes of actual adult conversation while a lunch date allows 45+ minutes of actual adult conversation plus some much-needed stress relief.
So, in case you’ve ever wondered what we do. . . that is what we do.