Since when is parenting a hobby?
February 25, 2009 11:45am CST
According to Mylot, it as at times because I keep getting asked if I want to add parenting under "hobbies I enjoy". I'm not a parent, but last I checked it was not a hobby. It's more like a job. You can't put it away whenever you're bored with it. Last time I looked, children didn't come with "return to sender" labels. Does anyone else find Mylot's labeling parenting as a hobby both somewhat funny and tragic at the same time?
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22 Mar 09
I don't think mylot means that literally. It's just like adding a new interest to where someone else opened up one. I see a lot of the same interests and mylot leaves them there. it's just there where someone else added it. I have two parenting under my interests as well. I know the difference by the image. Everyone knows parenting is the hardest job to have. you work 24 hours a day. You don't clock in or clock out. There are no paid holiday's or even vacation day's.
8 Mar 09
Yes, I was kind of confused when I saw that. I thought it was probably a user who added the interest by himself - but I've never tried it so I'm not sure if it was really not made by myLot admins themselves. But you're absolutely right that parenting is not a hobby. It's an obligation. A hobby is something that you can simply drop when you lose interest - unlike parenting, whether you're in a good mood or in a bad mood, you have responsibilities to take care of. And you better take care of them well because a life's nourishment and future depends on it :) Thanks for the response on my discussion!
26 Feb 09
i can say that parenting is the most challenging and yet rewarding profession. we worked on it 24 hours a day.we are not compensated doing it but we find enjoyment and happiness doing it and that's when parenting became a hobby when you start enjoying what you are doing..have a nice day:)
25 Feb 09
You are absolutely right. It is not a "hobby". It is basically a job. I work all day and then I come home and work all night as well. There is dinner, dishes, lunches, laundry, making sure they get to bed on time and get up in the morning. Driving them to daycare and school, having to leave your J-O-B if you get a "phone call" and driving them around in your mom taxi when they need to be somewhere. In the case of my son who is 4 and is interested in anything mechanical, there is also the added job of "finding the necessary parts" when I want to use my weight machine or my elliptical because he has "removed things". Oh yeah, and the pets they said they would "look after"... when you are emptying the litter box etc., you are thinking - hmmmm, whose pet is this anyway? I know my daughter had wished there was a "return to sender" label on my son when he first came home from the hospital!