The Stay at Home Mom Job:
Okay, I know us stay at home moms (SAHM) have all heard the words, “Oh, you don’t work?”. Then they give you the look. You know, they look at you like you just told them you wanted to shave your eyebrows off.
Umm, yes, I “work” 24-7 with no sick leave or vacation days. Well here’s the thing, I feel people have this lazy image of a SAHM. As if all we do is sit on the couch watching soap-operas, and let the kids run wild. Wouldn’t that be nice, to actually be able to sit for a full hour!
Now, I am wanting to give a glimpse into my everyday schedule to try and sum up exactly how much “work” a stay at home mom really does. If you are a working mom, this is no disrespect to you and I give you kudos for balancing everything and you haven’t be committed into your local mental institution yet. Much love to my working moms!
However, this blog is about how much “work” a SAHM does and to reduce the scheme that all we do is become couch potatoes. Now, to clean up the assumptions; Personally my day starts around 7:30 Am when I hit the floor running until approximately 11-12 PM. My toddler daughter has three main meals and two snacks a day. Which means, I clean, wipe, sweep, shake and rack the high chair and my daughter that many times a day. Next we do sensory or visual cognitive learning projects. Now, anyone who knows sensory projects, know this is another mess to clean but all in good fun. Shortly after her learning time she has a nap for about an hour and a half. During this nap period I try to clean and get laundry washed, dried and folded. My toddler wakes up hungry again.
Shortly after the day slips away its time to pick my baby sister up from school. This can be a wide range from softball practice, band rehersals to school actually letting out on time. All these times are different and are kept up with meticulously on my large daily calendar. Come back home, help with homework, cook, feed the family and clean again. The girls have bath time and are both in bed by 9 PM. Meanwhile, during these days I still have doctor appointments to attend, bills to pay, groceries to buy etc..
So, just to inform, yes, us SAHMs “work” and we “work” hard running our homes and raising our children like smoothly oiled machines. Not! More like trying to pull 27 hours out of 24 and feeling like you are never finished with things. Or, running really late and stuck in a traffic jam. However, despite the crazy, wanna cry, going insane days; I believe all SAHMs can agree, it is worth every crazy moment. I love being a part of every mile stone, softball game, band concert and even the homework. I get to be there and see every growth and smile, sweat and tear they have and not through a phone video or cam-recorder. For me personally, the small things are the biggest. I plan and strive to be present for all and every one of their important moments.
Hope you all have a beautiful day!