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11 Awesome Things About My Husband Being Unemployed

Right before Christmas, my husband got laid off from his job. Even though I’ve been fortunate enough to pick up more writing work, it’s kind of a tough situation.

But hey, it’s not all ramen noodles and crushing guilt!  We’re focusing on the positives, like having Daddy home a lot more.

And we’ve actually found, deep under the suckiness, eleven awesome things about my husband’s unemployment.

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  • 1. Never have to wonder if Daddy will be home in time for dinner 1 of 11
    1. Never have to wonder if Daddy will be home in time for dinner
    He will be! Because now every night is Family Night. We're exactly like Leave it to Beaver, if Ward was unemployed and the Cleavers could only afford Spam.
    (Image credit: Flickr/Wandering Magpie)
  • 2. There’s someone around to appreciate my sarcasm all day 2 of 11
    2. There's someone around to appreciate my sarcasm all day
    Part of my work involves checking the news pretty frequently, which of course means I need to comment on it all day long. Frankly, the kids don't really appreciate my take on the Toddlers & Tiaras mom's lawsuit as much as my husband does.
    (Photo credit: imagerymajestic)
  • 3. He’s now taking the kids to school and picking them up 3 of 11
    3. He's now taking the kids to school and picking them up
    It doesn't seem like this simple thing should have so much impact, but this somehow frees up approximately 6 hours a day for me to work on my freelance writing (or Facebook and napping).
    (Photo credit: Stuart Miles)
  • 4. “Ask your father” is now a legitimate answer to “Can you help me with my homework?” 4 of 11
    4. "Ask your father" is now a legitimate answer to "Can you help me with my homework?"
    It takes a village ... to help four kids with their homework. Bonus: math homework assistance may actually lead to correct answer!
    (Photo credit: Stuart Miles)
  • 5.Time to chat 5 of 11
    5.Time to chat
    This is the first presidential election year since Bush-Gore that we've had time to discuss politics.
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  • 6. Complete lack of spending money really frees up our weekends 6 of 11
    6. Complete lack of spending money really frees up our weekends
    Nope, sorry, we can't join you at the mall / aquarium / skating rink / movies / arcade / fast food joint / zoo / soccer try-outs / ballet recital / overcrowded, germ-encrusted children's museum. Darn.
    (Photo credit: photostock)
  • 7. We now stand a fighting chance in the Battle of Laundry Hill 7 of 11
    7. We now stand a fighting chance in the Battle of Laundry Hill
    Generally speaking, we're always a little bit behind on the laundry. So much so that eventually the pants might get up and actually walk themselves to the washer in disgust. But with both my husband and I at the task, we're almost like one fully functional adult. Yay us!
    (Photo credit: Jeroen van Oostrom)
  • 8. Kids are delighted with the progress Daddy has made on their Webkinz accounts 8 of 11
    8. Kids are delighted with the progress Daddy has made on their Webkinz accounts
    Sure, we're not putting anything in their college savings accounts, but he is kicking ass at Tile Towers, isn't he? Oh, like you don't play your kid's Webkinz games. Riiiiight. I see you, "FluffyRainbow12."
    (Photo credit: Ambro)
  • 9. Time alone 9 of 11
    9. Time alone
    Our youngest is only in half-day kindergarten, but that is still two-and-a-half hours. This is clearly more time than we've had alone together in our house in over a decade. And no one said dates have to happen at night, did they? Oh, wait, we're too broke to go out. I guess we'll have to stay in ...
    (Photo credit: photostock)
  • 10. The coveted Mommy Sick Day 10 of 11
    10. The coveted Mommy Sick Day
    When my husband is working, I pretty much have to be either in labor or at death's door to ask him to stay home. But now I don't have to ask him to stay home! He has nowhere else to go. Over the last couple of weeks, I've had both walking pneumonia and a raging sinus infection. Walking pneumonia isn't the serious kind where you are completely down for the count. It's the annoying, feel-like-crap-but-go-about-your-day-anyway kind. But I didn't have to go about my day! My husband did everything, and brought me juice, to boot.
    (Photo credit: Jeroen van Oostrom)
  • 11. He will never again wonder what the hell I did all day 11 of 11
    11. He will never again wonder what the hell I did all day
    My husband has actually never given me a hard time about the house being a wreck when he got home from work, or anything like that. But I'm still glad that he's getting to see what it's like to get the four kids fed, dressed, and presentable for school every day. He's now participating in our daily routine in an entirely new way, and it's kind of awesome.
    (Photo credit: graur razvan ionut)

Read more from Joslyn at her blog stark. raving. mad. mommy.  Follow her on Facebook and Twitter for even more funny.

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