Mythbusting the World of Stay-at-Home Moms
Stay-at-home moms are the most misunderstood demographic out there. Most of us work at least part time, some of us own our own businesses, and still more of us volunteer in our communities, all while raising children. Those of us with four or more kids are, shockingly enough, the happiest of them all. It’s time to dispel the following myths about stay-at-home moms (SAHMs).
1. We do nothing all day.
This classic notion about stay-at-home motherhood is usually dished around by dads wishing they could stay at home all day. (Because when they do, we’re still there to cook, clean, and change the diapers.) Being a SAHM is an unpaid career that runs 24/7/365. Enjoy your vacation time and do tell me how stressful it is when you get an urgent email from your boss during dinner. I might not be listening, though, because my boss has had me up since 3 a.m.
2. We suffer from “perfect mom” syndrome.
Most SAHMs are so busy mothering that they don’t have time to worry about the latest science and statistics on good parenting. If we get five minutes of alone time we’re probably laughing at the neuroses of working women who spend their lunch hours obsessing over the right type of pacifier or soothing sleep technique. SAHMs know kids bounce, boo-boos heal, and a little crying never hurt anyone. Want to talk about the real impact of Baby Mozart? Excuse us, we have diapers to change.
3. Our uniform consists of a ponytail and yoga pants with mystery stains.
Far too many new moms give in to the comfort of sinking into the background while their child takes over every aspect of their life, including their ability to pee and dress by themselves. Smart SAHMs know that maintaining your sanity requires maintaining your style. We also blow the “women take hours to get ready” myth out of the water. With 15 minutes in the morning we can look fabulous on a Wal Mart budget.