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Stop…Call off the Mob!
Yes, I realize that is a CRAZY thing to say, but I knew it would get your attention! And it worked didn’t it? Now before you get too angry with me and go on the defensive please hear me out.
Some of My Best Friends are Stay-At-Home-Moms
My own mother was a stay-at-home-mom and I couldn’t be more thankful for having that amazing experience growing up. I saw just how hard she worked to run our household like a well-oiled machine. And I saw how challenging it was for her. Yet she did it with skill and grace and made it look easy.
So, no… of course being a stay-at-home-mom isn’t actually EASY. Being a parent is hard work. And being at home with the little ragamuffins and away from regular adult interaction all day is even more difficult.
Then pile on taking care of everything that goes into running a household. Including cleaning, groceries, schedules, entertaining, and on and on. All that “mental load” stuff is exhausting.
So please know that I am the first to agree that being a stay-at-home-mom is worth AT LEAST the $143,102 per year that Salary.com estimates.
But Wait There’s More
Then what if you had to do ALL of that (household management) PLUS work 40 hours per week, commute, AND pay someone else to raise your children? Who in their right mind would do that?
But that is exactly what many working moms are expected to do. All while carrying the ever present mom guilt and constantly hearing how being a stay-at-home-mom is the hardest job there is. But no kudos for the working mom.
So I’m standing up in an effort to rock the boat and tell you why stay-at-home-moms have it easy. Or at least maybe ‘easy-er’.
More than anything it boils down to one thing and that is TIME.
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