Let’s start with, ummm, in my book, YES, being a stay at home mom is a job. A full time job that you get paid with hugs, slobbery kisses, and love. Which, to me, is the best way to get paid.
But let’s all be real, it’s not all hugs, kisses, and fun all day long. Babies have their moments and meltdowns, Mama’s have their moments and meltdowns. But, my baby is alive because I protect him. He is happy because of my time I spend with him. He is loving because I show him love and love on him all day long. I constantly have dirty dishes but it’s because I feed him. There’s a mess in the living room because we play. So most of what he is, what he has learned, etc., is from my 24/7 job, being a stay at home mom!
If I weren’t home, our house would be a complete disaster. We, SAHM (Stay at home moms), are constantly doing dishes, therefore, we are a dishwasher. We are constantly doing laundry, cleaning toilets/tubs, and picking up what baby gets into, therefore, we are a maid. We have to cook meals because they and we all have to eat, therefore, we are cooks. We have to constantly be watching them so they don’t get into what they’re not suppose to or get hurt, therefore, we are a babysitter. We have to drive a million and one places, therefore, we are a chauffeur. If the baby/kids get hurt, we’re a nurse trying to make their boo boo’s all better. That’s just a few jobs that we would be getting paid to do.
So, you just meet someone and they ask what you do? You chime in happily, “I’m a stay at home mom”. They reply, “Lucky” or “Must be nice”, and yes, don’t get me wrong, it is very nice to be able to raise my child and see every milestone. Yes, I am lucky! But they also think it is a continuous vacation, full of fort making, candy, and cupcakes. Yes, not going to lie, some days it is, but on most days it’s total chaos filled with a sick, screaming baby, the house a mess, and mom hasn’t even had a chance to shower or do her hair. (aka: the messy bun)
So, just like if you have to schedule a meeting at work, us SAHM’s have to schedule what needs done. Yes, that even means we have to schedule or plan for a shower or it will not get done.
Your boss may be a tall, medium sized guy wearing a suit & tie, well ours is a tiny, chubby cheeked baby wearing a diaper.
Both jobs can be very demanding, but we don’t get sick days or call ins. It’s a 24/7, 365 day kind of job. Don’t get me wrong either, I’m not trying to say ours is harder or worse then any job out there. Not at all. Just letting it be known, that being a stay at home mom is definitely a job. Don’t think by me saying its a job, that I feel it’s an obligation to care for my own child, not at all. I’m blessed and honored to be home raising my son the way I want him raised. I get to be home with him everyday and see every milestone, good and bad.
So while being a stay at home mom may be a little more demanding than the typical 9 to 5 job, it’s more rewarding. I wouldn’t change it for anything, and I am forever grateful for my husband, who has to work a 9 to 5 job to support us and allow me to be a stay at home mom.
Enough with the no it’s not a job, yes it’s still a job.
Comment below your thoughts on the subject? Would love to know and hear different sides if any!