I used to think I couldn't cut it as a SAHM. I mean, I require a certain amount of logic to get through the day. Not an entire day full of left-brainisms, but at least some glimmer of rational behavior here and there is nice. That was my justification for going back to work (besides the honest facts that I love what I do and like nice things). I just didn't think I could deal with a nonsensical little person for 24/7. I had nightmares about my husband walking in from work and me, standing at the door ready to hand off our son and run screaming to get the h*ll out of the house. I couldn't do that to my marriage or my son. So, work seemed like the better option. And in the end, I truly do appreciate the time I have with my son and husband more and feel I'm a better rounded person because of my job.
Lately, my job (AE for an ad agency) has made me think that negotiating with a toddler, whose independent spirit is growing stronger day by day, would be a walk in the park compared to the creative egos I have to tenderly massage and the anti-organizational skills I have to manage around in the office. I sometimes wonder how some people make it to work with a complete outfit on each day, based on their supposed inability to make a logical leap (IMO) about an assignment.
At least with my son, I know that I can get results and orderly behavior with any one of 3 items: Cheerios, a ball and a binky. Rational or not, it's at least logical and predictible. And at this point, I'll take whatever I can get.