Things I Didn’t Know About Being a SAHM

on-being-a-stay-at-home-momHaving children is wonderful and being able to stay at home with them is great! However, it is not always easy or fun.  No One shared with me how hard it can get to be home with your children every day. 

So here is the truth about being a stay-at-home mom.

1) There is no personal space.  My four year old follows me around all day.  She always wants me to play with her.  I have a 9 month old that wants and needs my attention as well.  Every few hours I am craving a break!

2)  There is a lot of joy and excitement when you are a parent.  However, when you stay at home with your children it sometimes feels like an exhausting job working for a very demanding boss!

3) Sleeping at night is awesome, it’s eight hours (sometimes) of uninterrupted time alone.

4) I can go weeks without ever being alone during the day.  I am grateful that my parents babysit so that my husband and I can have the occasional date night.

5) My husband counts the days until he is off and can spend time with the kids.  I count the days until he is off, so I can get help.

6) If I take my eyes off my son, I will find him pulling the cord out of the outlet or putting my daughters toys in his mouth.  One day I went to the bathroom, and I came out to find my daughter putting nail polish on her brother’s toy plane. Being on high alert all day is taxing.

7) The only people I have to interact with are a four year old and a 9 month old. My daughter chatters away about princesses, the toys she wants for her birthday and whatever make believe game she is playing.  My son only says Dada; a Mama would be nice, lol! So, I turn to social media, at least I can connect with other parents that way.

8)  You might think my house is spotless, but it is not.  I may be home all day but my children are messy. Toys are being played with and are left all over.  I would rather give my attention to my children than my house, 

9) I think about going back to work someday because doing something else for 40 hours a week is better than dealing with two kids all day.

10) My daughter goes to preschool in the morning.  My son is sleeping for most of that time, so it’s the only break I have during the day. I love nap time and sometimes go back to sleep as well.

I know in the future I will look back and the treasure the time I spent with my kids.  For now, I’m going to take day by day and try to keep my mommy mind sane!

Erica Coghlan

 

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