Here are three confessions from SAHM other stay-at-home moms may relate to:
Anita Sanchez tells me that although being a stay-at-home mom is not always perfect, there are times it definitely is.
“Trust me, there are some days when I feel like I’m going to pull my own hair out before 9 o’clock in the morning. My four kids are fighting each other over who got the toy car first or refusing to put their clothes on, even though it is below zero outdoors. Sometimes I just want to go back to the bed beside my husband and put the thick comfortable duvet over my head and probably just hire someone to take care of the children and the house. But, although usually, things are not perfect for a SAHM, there are still instances when it could not be more perfect. It makes my heart warm to see my children getting along together, or enjoy a big family hug. Those are scenes that are really amazing. Those times make me feel thankful to be a stay-at-home mom.”
Jenna McGowan confesses that since she became a stay-at-home mom, her meaning of success has become different.
“Before I became a stay-at-home-mom, I used to correlate success to landing a big client at work or to finish an interior design project for my own house. Now, it has changed. It becomes a success when my 3-year-old son who is potty training keeps her dryness throughout the day. It becomes a success for me when she eats the food I meticulously prepared for her and actually enjoys it. I consider it a big achievement when all of those things happen, and I also maintain the house clean, dinner cooked, and the laundry finished. It is funny how your definition of success instantly changes when you become a stay-at-home mom.”
Alyssa Granderson admits to crying at least once a day as soon as becoming a stay-at-home mom.
“I am not a crying baby. I always buck up. Even when it has become really tough, I put my game face on, pulled up my boots and face my problem head-on. I never experienced breaking down and crying. My record has been stained when I am already a stay-at-home mom. When my kids are really sick and experiencing pain, I also cry with them. When my daughter throws a tantrum because his fairy dress has not been washed, I walk out and cry. When my husband texts me that he’s going to be late, I cry. It’s one big emotional roller coaster. When everything is on my shoulders, and there is nothing I can do about it, I just cry.”
Amanda Praise, a stay-at-home mom of 3 boys, said she thinks people believe she does not do anything all day.
“It’s funny how people think that I do not do anything all day. I mean, they actually, ACTUALLY thinks I don’t do anything. What do they even think I’m doing? Sitting on our comfortable couch and watching the television throughout the day? Na uh, my typical day includes, cooking food for my kids, changing diapers, bathing them, ensuring they finished their homework, helping my kids do their school projects. We do play dates. We make blanket fortresses and crawl on fours. I do puppet shows. Each day, I spend more as a stay-at-home than as a professional worker. It just astounds me to know that many people believe that I am not doing anything throughout the day.”