As a stay at home mom, I’ve gotten flack from time to time about what I do all day. My all time favorite comments are:
- My life isn’t like yours. I can’t just do whatever I need to do when I need to do it. I don’t always have time for things the way you do.
- So umm…what exactly did you do all day?
- So what can you do when you need to? Do you get to pee sometimes? With the door closed? That’s like a freaking vacation.
- Oh umm, I did nothing. Besides 3 loads of laundry. And breakfast/lunch/dinner/two snacks. And a 9o minute battle with our three year old who has an iron clad will and refused to take a nap even after I let her scream for half an hour. And bath time x3. And getting the black marker off the wall in the dining room. But hey, know what I didn’t do today? Have a complete, coherent thought. Or get a lunch break. Or, come to think of it, pee in the last 8 hours.
Not every day is like that mind you, but there are some that most definitely are. For those of you who have children who don’t seem to fall into any of the parenting book categories, I feel your pain. Because I had one day this week where 90 minutes of my time were spent trying to calm down Goo from a raging tantrum involving kicking, throwing, hitting, and almost breaking the door jam. NINETY. MINUTES. And before you get all Judgy McJudgerson on me, I know how to do time outs. I know how to ignore. I judged those moms in the past. And then I had a kid who honest to goodness didn’t respond the way she’s supposed to. And now I never judge a tantrum. And I never wonder why houses are messy, why Moms are crying, or how you could forget to pee. Trust me, you just can. And that day this week, I cried. Real, caffeine saturated tears. But that’s another post, and this one is funny because my kids are all in bed and I’m happy and drinking coffee at 9:30 at night so I can stay up to finish cleaning the house.
You’ve probably seen those graphics circulating online that do a comparison on any given topic of what society thinks, what parents think, what you think, and what actually happens. I’m sure there’s one for Moms out there, but I haven’t seen one yet, so I made a cheesy one myself.
Allow me a few disclaimers: the Nerd is actually pretty understanding if he comes home and the house looks like I did umm…nothing…all day. So don’t hate on him. He’s a good guy. And in his defense, he opened the silverware drawer the other day and said, “Honey! You did all the dishes! The clean forks are actually in the drawer! Thank you!” And he was serious. Wife FAIL.
Those of you who have multiple children will totally get this picture. Those of you who want kids some day will chuckle and think, “Oh, Mediocre Mom, you so crazy. It’s not that bad.” Two words for you: just wait.