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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.