I saw this article on someone's facebook page and decided to share here...
It is amazing to me how in this day and age of tolerance for all, that stay-at-home-moms are STILL poorly and inaccurately judged. I know because I deal with this from members of my OWN FAMILY no less.
As much as they love little G, they STILL think me working to provide more money for more STUFF while she sits in a daycare all day, missing home is still somehow better. I'm seen as lazy, that I don't want to work, and that I have no responsibilities except to entertain a toddler all day. What they don't get is that it takes SO MUCH mental and physical endurance that if THEY had to do it for a week they would be climbing the walls! I mean, housework is seriously physical! All the bending, lifting, back and forth motions, constant walking, stepping up stairs, and being on your feet is a real workout! Now, I will admit that I could do better on the home front with managing cleaning, etc. but this article says it sooo well. What takes someone without children 15 minutes to do, takes me 45 minutes to do.
A perfect example would be trying to get ready for a party I was having a few weeks ago. A very informal thing, but I was having guests over and had to do a lot to prepare! Every time I cleaned something, G went right behind me and messed it back up. When I got to the point where I needed to fix the food for the party, I had to stop everything to feed her, which seems to take FOREVER! If I vacuumed, she crumbled up a cookie, if I wiped down a glass door, she just had to smear it with WHATEVER! So preparing for this little hour long party literally took me 8 or 9 hours. Before baby, I would have gotten started on it a few hours before and would have been done! But with baby, as ya'll know...it aint that easy!!!
I guess I'm on a rant because lately I've been made to feel like I'm not contributing. But I just have to keep up the good fight because my daughter and I are IMMENSELY happy and content. And when it's all said and done, that's what it's all about.