“You’re so lucky!”
For those on the outside looking in, being a stay-at-home parent looks like unending days of catching up on Netflix, wearing pajamas like a uniform, and eating ice cream straight from the carton. This stereotype could not be further from the truth. Lisa, mother of three, adds, “I was told, ‘It must be nice to have so much time on your hands or to yourself.’ My husband works 12-hour days. I barely have time to use the bathroom by myself.” Amber, mother of three, has heard some real doozies. She shares, “I’ve heard, ‘Your house must be so clean!’ Right, because I have two or three of my kids home all day with me! And all I do is clean and not pay attention to my children!” Another one: “You have it easy. Some of us have to work!” And the cherry on top of the envy sundae, “I wish I could stay home, it would be so much easier!” Check out the 16 things every parent wants you to know.
“What do you do all day?”
When you imagine a stay-at-home mother’s day, you might envision her buzzing through her living room with a feather duster a la June Cleaver. Why is her house so messy though? Doesn’t she have all day to clean it? Whitney, mother of two, shares, “I’ve definitely heard, ‘What do you do all day?’ I’ve also heard, ‘You should let your husband sleep, he has to work tomorrow.’ As If I don’t work, too?!” Shelby, mother of two, relates, “When I announced my second pregnancy, a guy said to me (dead serious), ‘That’s good, you need more to do to justify being home all day with no job.'”