Yesterday someone asked me what I do. Maybe it’s just me, but that question always slightly irks me. This question is always asked directly after everyone else gives answers like “receptionist”, “lawyer”, “dentist”, or “personal assistant”. For some reason, the fact that I work from home makes me a leper. Other moms (and dads) always look at me like they aren’t sure exactly what species I am.
Sure, I’m a stay-at-home mom, too, but I also work my tail off at my very real, very deadline-oriented job. It just so happens that my office is also my dining room, and I never, ever get to “leave work”.
It literally astounds me when people start to ask questions about how I spend my time…do I get to sit on my couch and eat bon bons?! (Um…no. No I do not. Not ever, thankyouverymuch.)
To the next person who asks me “What do you do all day?”
- a mother
- a maid
- a chef
- a virtual assistant
- a wife
- a housekeeper
- a chauffeur
- an event planner
- a nutritionist
- a personal trainer
- a nurse
- a referee
- a photographer
- the only finder of lost wallets, keys, flash drives, and toys…
I am a Work From Home Mom.
And there are so many other things that it literally hurts my head to count. I could quite honestly use a day off. I mean, everyone else gets one in the working world, right? The reality is that whether I work from home or go to an office, a mom never gets a day off. Someone always needs you.
Someone is always hurt, or sad, or just needs a cuddle. Someone is always hungry, has lost the MOST important object ever, or is out of clean underwear. Someone is always in need.
Add that to the fact that my office is INSIDE MY HOUSE, and the problem compounds. I cannot escape the laundry, the dishes, or the fact that nothing is ever completely, 100% done. I don’t get to walk out of work and ‘go home.’ WORK IS HOME.
It’s tiring, but I also wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world. I love my jobs…all of them. But I wouldn’t turn down an all expenses paid trip to the Bahamas, either…most days.
Yesss Brea, you tell them! Don’t forget to add therapist to the list lol
Stay at home moms are the hardest working women in America!
I think I would just say yes to the bon bon questions and leave it at that 😉 It would be kind of fun to see awkward reactions…
Oh, I have. It’s absolutely hilarious to watch people. Most just nod like I’m not all there. LOL
I swear my husband thinks I sit around on the couch all day. The only time I sit is to nurse the baby. I literally cleaned every room last week top to bottom and he came home and said it didn’t look clean!! OMG I LOST IT! Being a stay a home mom is a full time job 24/7.
WOW. I would have lost it, too!
I love this. I may not be a mom but people ask me all the time what I do all morning when I’m at home workin’
I’m always amazed at what people think! LOL