Stay-at-home mothers today often gain a bad rap for their choices of parenting styles. Some may not agree with her day-to-day habits while others may envy her ability to remain sane each day. I suppose it depends on personal preference.
I have taken the time to gather specific traits within stay-at-home moms that I've decided to share with each and every one of you. Some of you will connect with all of these, whereas others will only have a few that they also find helpful.
Either way is fine. I have no shame in my parenting game.
We don't want justice; we just want quiet: Not all of us can drown out our child screaming like a pterodactyl for 35 minutes because their tablet needs to charge, and they can't watch Cocomelon. Okay Karen? So, yes, I'm going to take a tablet from another child - or my husband if I have to... to get it to stop.
Good enough is good enough: Sure, I probably still have crumbs under my couch because I didn't perform the super man act of lifting the couch while vacuuming, but the rest of the floor is clean and that's good enough.
McDonalds is a perfectly good dinner choice: Contrary to popular belief, us mothers do not have all the time in the world. We're not embedded with every family recipe that our grandmother used to make from birth. Even if we were... I don't have the energy to cook a 3-course meal at the end of each day. I'll take the drive to Mickey D's in my pajamas, I don't care.
The 5 second rule is acceptable in certain circumstances: As my mother used to say, a little dirt never hurt. Sometimes you have to accept the fact that your children CAN AND WILL take food off the floor to eat it. Sometimes, even after it's been in the dog's mouth. No, I don't have a dog. But I did when I was a kid and yes, I did do that............ I know... it's gross... but would you rather I lie to you?
No one likes a tattle tale: When one child tells on another child... then we have to do something. We have to get up from our Netflix marathons to resolve whatever issue was just advised to us. If you think I'm wrong - tell me if you have ever scolded your child for tattling or better yet - told them that tattling is not allowed...
T.V shows become babysitters: Yes, there are times when I will purposely turn on a show, I cannot stand in order to get 23 minutes of uninterrupted silence. I own it. It is what it is. You have to admit, it works wonders.
Baths alone are a luxury: I can count on one hand the number of times I've had a bath where I didn't have a little hand coming from underneath the bathroom door or where I didn't have to tell my children to settle down at least four times.
Having snacks in the bathroom is perfectly normal: In the bathroom, I can lock the door. They can't get in after they've heard the wrapper if I lock the door. (Insert maniacal laughter here)
We've asked a child to grab something for us that is two feet away from where we were sitting: I know it's lazy, but I do it often. A child will be downstairs in their room... I will be in the Livingroom. I will yell for the child to come here... to ask them to hand me a pop sitting right in front of me. #noshame
We make mom dates - just to cancel them the morning of: We know the moment we make the plans that we are going to cancel them. However, we make them anyway. We want to give the impression that we need to get out - but outside is scary and where the people are. We'd rather eat snack food and watch Bob the Builder in peace.
It may not be scientifically proven, but I can almost bet that you have chosen at least one of these items to go -
Really loudly while jumping off of your couch, and everyone in your home stopped to stare at you.
It's okay, you're not alone. Get that blanket back on your lap and sip your wine while you hit that little heart at the bottom right corner of this piece.
🧡 Shine Bright, Kayla