Stay at Home Mom

The other day I overheard two moms talking while my kiddos were playing. They were talking about the buttons kiddos push, having to ‘deal with the brats on the playground’ and just the general stuff dealing with staying at home with children.

At first I thought they were putting stay at home moms down, but then one said something like, ‘I did it for a year,  not by choice, and every day I dreamt about returning to work to escape from it. I just wasn’t meant to be a stay at home mom.’

I left the play place after they agreed stay at home moms are amazing, but also wondering how many moms out there are hiding the desire to return to work, denying that desire for their children and families….sacrificing so much, but not considering it a sacrifice.


  1. I’m on the fence about this one. I’m a more productive mother and person all-around when I have other commitments in my life (like work or school) that require me to leave the house and be something other than mom for a while (employee, student, whatever). That’s because it makes me life more time sensitive. I enjoy working, but I’d love to stay at home and craft and teach my kids all day. However, I’m not sure I’d be that “good” at it. I get tomorrow syndrome and start putting things off without realizing it because I don’t feel the urgency to do it. Or I spend all day slaving over my house because I feel inadequate and then I have to do the same thing the next day like: Did I just do this yesterday? So, I’m not sure (long term) it would be for me. Maybe someday I’ll get to try more?

    • Tricia says:

      I totally get it. I think there is something to be said for the deadlines, time away from the ‘mom’ identity. Listening to them gave me a lot to think about…why am I being a stay at home mom – for me, my family, my kids…not to mention all the other things that fly through my mind at the same time. Thank you for responding. I honestly am wondering what other moms think about this.

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