Evansville IN Family Photographer | Dear Stay-at-Home-Mom

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March 6, 2019

A Letter to the Stay-at-Home-Mom

Dear Stay-at-Home-Mom,

I see all you do. You spend literally all your time with a small person by your side. Many days you get no adult interaction. You do not get to use the bathroom by yourself or sit in silence for a few minutes to focus on an adult task. There is ALWAYS a little one there. You’re always with someone and yet it is so lonely. You feel alone in your home while the rest of the world carries on. I get it. It’s harder than anyone can imagine.

You put your career dreams on hold to raise your children. You took that degree you earned and all those aspirations and you sat them on the backburner. You wouldn’t give up being with your kids for the world, but some days you can’t help but be bitter that your dreams were put on hold. You worry that when you’re finally ready to go back to work, you will be unemployable. I know your fear and pain and I admire you so much for all you’ve given up.

You go from 6 am (or before) until bedtime at night. You’re a taxi, a cook, a caregiver, a disciplinarian, a psychologist all rolled into one and you play all those parts within the first 2 hours of your day. It’s a rollercoaster and you can’t get off – you must keep going. Just know that your killing it in all those roles!

You feel completely unappreciated most days. You literally give your entire self to the care of your husband, children and home and yet you rarely feel appreciated. You rarely ever hear thanks. All those miniscule things you do all day long go unnoticed because they’re so small – and yet your home wouldn’t run without them. You don’t have a boss or colleagues to pat your back or an annual review to tell you that you killed it this year. I appreciate all those tasks you do. And if no one has told you today, thank you and you’ve done amazing this year! You’ve kept humans alive!!

Many people don’t consider what you do a job and yet it’s the hardest job you can have. When you’re at your husband’s Christmas party and someone asks what you do for a living and you reply, “I’m a stay-at-home-mom,” they raise their eyebrows give you that little look. The one that says, “Oh, so you don’t work.” It hurts and I know it. But know that what you do is so very important and it’s the hardest job ever.

I know you feel like you’re not enough. You feel like other working women are so successful and doing all these amazing things and you feel like being a mother is not “enough.” You feel like you’re less than some days and that you’re so burnt out from the 24/7 momming that you’re not even doing a good job at that. Know that you’re more than successful. You’re raising humans. You’re nurturing them and loving them and teaching them and that is the biggest success.

I see you stay-at-home-mom. I see how hard you work and I see how little recognition you get and I admire and appreciate all you do!

Cheers,

A Working Mom

Click here to read the Stay-at-Home-Mom’s letter to the Working Mama

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