Why Stay at Home Moms are Awesome

Let me start by saying that I am not a stay at home mom. I have a job that gives me a paycheck to be there, a nice big office to myself, and lots of grownups surrounding me M-F from 9-5. Yes there are challenges unique to being  a working at a job mom. There are also challenges shared with other moms who are working by staying at home.

In an effort to end the feud between working moms and staying at home moms, I’d like to share some reasons why I think that Stay at Home Moms are awesome.

  1. They do it for free. You couldn’t pay me enough to be a stay at home mom; I certainly wouldn’t want to do it for free. Many moms choose to stay home with their kids, forgo having an income, give up the adult time, and focus on doing stuff with their kids all day long while being expected to also provide housekeeping services, catering, manage schedules, oversee home finances, and more. That’s pretty awesome!
  2. They never (or hardly ever) get to leave their workplace. When I go to work, I get to leave the mess, the noise, and the whining. Stay at home moms live with it, day and night. While that is not awesome, they are awesome for doing it!
  3. They free up daycare spaces for the rest of us. Let’s face it, it is pretty damn hard to find a daycare space these days. Stay at home moms free up those spaces for the rest of us. That’s awesome!
  4. They are great resources for things like where the best playgrounds are, which rec centres have the best programs, and what the best toys for different development levels are. I don’t have a lot of time to scope out the best stuff for my kids. Stay at home moms do it for their sanity. The rest of us benefit. Thanks, that’s awesome!

I’m sure there are lots of other reasons for the awesomeness of stay at home moms. Feel free to pitch in.

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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10 Responses to Why Stay at Home Moms are Awesome

  1. workingmommawithababy says:

    Love this post! I work part time so I feel like I am constantly balancing both roles and I would love to see more people come together in the the sahm vs. working mom battle! We are all moms. Let’s build each other up. Thank you!

  2. It’s nice to hear some concrete words of appreciation. The recent flurry about the monetary value of SAHMs is great and all, but as you write SAHMs aren’t actually making that money. It’s a labor of love.

  3. Kathy V. says:

    THANK YOU for this post. Why is there a ‘battle’ at all? We’re all making our choices and doing the best we can for ourselves and our families. I’m a SAHM, and I approve this message.

    • And thank you as well. I don’t get why there’s a battle either. We all need to make our own choices. The real problem is when we aren’t free to make the choice, like when we can’t afford to stay home, or when we can’t find daycare, or if we feel pressured or guilted into staying home or working.

      • i don’t think there really is a battle. I think it’s a media driven concept that likes to perpetuate a stereotype that all women are bitches and at each others throats. I’ve only ever found most other mums – SAHM or working mums – to be positive and encouraging and lots of fun to hang out with. Love this ode to the SAHM (I’m not one).

  4. stodmor says:

    i will read your blog simply because it is called dirtyrottenparenting.

  5. Nicola Young says:

    I read your blog because mine is called ‘diaryofafulltimemum’. We’re writing about our lives as parents but from different angles, yet really we are all the same; trying to do the best job we can.

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