Come on, when you hear “stay-at-home mom” what comes to mind??!! As a stay-at-home mom myself, I usually get comments like these, “must be nice!” “are you rich?” and the best “you must have all the time in the world.” I usually give them the side-eye, but today I am setting the record straight and debunking the myths of a stay-at-home mom:
Myth 1: All Stay-At-Home Moms Get To Watch TV, ALL DAY LONG!
The term “Stay-At-Home-Mom” indicates all we do is “stay at home,” and that is far from the truth. Call me boss lady, lunch lady, pediatrician, teacher, and driver. As a stay at home mom, I am all these things and then some and with little to no sleep.
Myth 2: All Stay-At-Home Moms Do Not Have A List Of To-Dos
Running errands is my life. From dropping off laundry, buying yet another box of diapers to dropping kids off to playdates is simply exhausting! Every stay-at-home mom knows that it’s impossible to get on the phone or do anything that requires much concentration when you have young kids awake at home. You’re constantly doing stuff all day-and you’re constantly interrupted. It can be overwhelming to be left a list of chores with high expectations with little to no peace and quiet.
Myth 3: All Stay-At-Home Moms Are Gym Rats
Does the yoga pants during morning drop off give it away?? I think so. In reality, yoga pants are the ultimate multi-tasking uniform for stay-at-home moms!
Myth 4: All Stay-At-Home Moms Have No Dreams Or Aspirations
Many stay-at-home moms do work through volunteer and paid positions; we just do it from our homes around the family schedule. This past summer I had the opportunity to teach at a preschool. Not only was it rewarding but allowed me to introduce projects like this one.
Myth 5: All Stay-At-Home Moms Sleep When The Kids Sleep
How could I sleep when I have all those to dos… refer back to myth #2.
Myth 6: All Stay-At-Home Moms Love Being A Stay-At-Home Mom
It has been six years since I decided on being a stay at home and in a way, staying at home is a job like any other. I have my good days and bad days, great moments and tough moments, but it’s all part of the gig; like everything in life, it’s not perfect. I still wonder if my life would be different if I decided to go back to my 9-5 but at the end of the day the cost of daycare or a nanny just does not add up.
Myth 7: All Stay-At-Home Moms Drink All Day
Come on every mom knows that drinking is reserved for when the kiddies are tucked in bed for night!