Happy as a stay-at-home mom? You must be lying, says this author.
There have been times in my life that I have genuinely struggled with being a stay-at-home mom. When I had postpartum depression, for example, or when I had to also work night shift as a nurse and felt like a zombie during the day because my young children would never let me actually sleep. (Why didn’t I consider sleep a worthwhile thing to spend money on a babysitter for? Why??)
I’ll be the first to admit that staying home with young kids is hard. I have had four children in six years, each baby coming one after another and I’ve always been the one to stay home with them. I’ve worked in different capacities as a nurse or in jobs I could do from home because our family needed the income, but I’ve always considered myself first and foremost to be a stay-at-home mom. So I know how difficult it can be. It can be so boring you want to gouge your eyeballs out, it can be so challenging you want to scream, and it can be so isolating you genuinely struggle with depression.
But on the whole, I would say that I am happy as a stay-at-home mom. I truly believe it’s what works best for our family and for me as a parent. I can’t imagine our lives being any other way and even though I won’t say I am blissfully happy every minute of every day as a stay-at-home mom, I would say I am still happy with my lot in life.
According to one new author, though, me saying that I’m happy as a stay-at-home mom means I’m just a big fat liar.
Controversial author says that if you’re a stay-at-home mom and you say you’re happy, you have to be lying. Um.. OK?