I am lucky to be a stay-at-home-mom. I don’t say I’m lucky because I am passing any sort of negative or positive judgement on other moms no matter their choice in the subject. To each her own. I say I’m lucky because I enjoy what I do. I enjoy my job. Yes, just like anyone else I have days where I feel exasperated by co-workers or frustrated with the job’s demands but just as some nurses, CEOs, or copywriters will say, I genuinely love my job.
For the most part people accept my job for what it is, challenging and rewarding work. Unfortunately others make judgements solely based on my stay-at-home-mom status. I would wager a guess every other stay-at-home-mom would say they have experienced the same judgements. There is never a shortage of misconceptions about stay-at-home-moms and so I give you:
The Top 5 Misconceptions about Stay-At-Home-moms…
Alternately titled: What Do Stay-at-home-moms Do All Day?
5. Stay-at-home-moms pretty much live in yoga pants. I will admit that the parents at Kindergarten pick-up probably see me wearing yoga pants a couple of times a week. I am training for a half-marathon though so usually I’m wearing them for a reason. Besides, yoga pants are comfortable, who cares if someone does want to wear them everyday?
4. TV watching and stay-at-home-mothering go hand in hand. To this I invite you to ask me about any Real House Wife, dancing or skating show contestant, Downton Abbey, or even the news and then feel free to laugh. If you think I have time to watch TV all day long, let alone ever, you’re delusional. Even if I did want to watch TV all day long, anyone who’s spent time with children knows you get no say in what television show is watched when a child is around.
3. Stay-at-home-moms are lazy and uneducated. Why else would we choose to stay home instead of heading out to earn a living and have a career? I have a degree and I’ve worked hard at numerous jobs. I also work hard to take care of my family every day. Lazy and uneducated I am not.
2. Stay-at-home-moms have oodles of free time. I am available for your every whim, whenever you wish. My schedule is wide open. Obviously that was a joke. My calendar is sometimes full months in advance.
And the biggest misconception about Stay-at-home-moms…
1. Staying home is easy. We pay teachers and childcare workers to teach and care for children and bakers and chefs to prepare food for us. Some of us even pay house cleaners and nanny’s. There is nothing wrong with paying for any of these services, the point is a lot of stay-at-home-moms do all of these jobs and more on a day-to-day basis. A stay-at-home-mom’s day is full and quite varied and most definitely is not easy. Simply put a SAHM is her family’s butcher, baker and candlestick maker.
What do you think are some of the biggest misconceptions about stay-at-home-moms?