The Stigma of a SAHM
I’m a bit ashamed to admit this, but I used to think that being a SAHM was EASY. You got to sit at home all day, watch Oprah, go shopping if you felt like it.
I was so wrong.
It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. You can’t call in sick. You can’t take a coffee break, you can’t “decompress” – ever. You don’t get time off.
There are lazy days that I get to watch Oprah – and that’s great. But, for the most part it’s the most demanding job I’ve ever had.
I struggle with the fact that I don’t bring any income in.
I feel underappreciated, taken for granted. You don’t get anyone telling you that you busted ass on a project and did great. You might get a mumble that the house looks nice. I feel like Abel can’t relate to what I do all day. I feel like people judge me because I don’t have a “real” job. Stay home with my kid for a week and tell me I don’t have a real job. I am shaping a human being, teaching her, loving her. I could be raising the first female president – what did YOU do today?
It’s frustrating and hard. It’s worth it. I just wish I didn’t feel the need to justify myself – or base my self-worth on compliments. That would make this all a lot easier.