Is this really what it’s come to?

I recently read an article called “25 ways you know you’re a stay at home mom“.  Several people on Facebook were sharing it, so I thought it would be a fun read.  Let me start out by saying that I do have a sense of humor, I really do!

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  1. You’re kids ask where you’re going when you put on jeans.

  2. At least half of your meals consist of your child’s leftovers.

  3. When your husband asks, “What did you do today?” you can’t muster up a single thing to report, despite feeling like you’ve been put the spin cycle of the washing machine.

  4. You can clean your entire house with a package of baby wipes.

  5. A “night out” is roaming the isles of Target alone.

  6. The TV has been on all day, but you have no idea what’s happening in world news.

  7. Showering is a major accomplishment.

  8. Your kids see you naked more often than your husband.

  9. You actually knows what the fox says, or what it could say at least, because 50% of your time is making animal sounds.

  10. Your mood depends solely on the amount of time your child napped for.

  11. Putting a bra on means someone special is coming over.

  12. On the way out the door, you look down at your kids crusty food on your shirt and think to yourself, eh, it’s not that bad.  Or worse, you pick it off and actually taste it.

  13. You fake stomach problems once your husband gets home just so you can go to the bathroom alone.

  14. Your dog barks when you put “real” shoes on.

  15. You have invited Jehovah Witnesses in on more than one occasion, and scared them off after you asked if they’d like a dirty martini.

  16. You have to check the weather out before you head out because you have no idea how warm or cold it is because you haven’t been out in days.

  17. You consider going on Facebook “spending time with your friends”.

  18. You’ve been wearing the same outfit for a couple of days in a row… and you’re not sure how many “a couple” means.

  19. You’ve contemplated performing your own hysterectomy while preparing dinner … more than once.

  20. Your vacuum cleaner is a permanent fixture in (insert busiest room in the house) and hasn’t been unplugged for three months.

  21. You have no idea what date or day of the week it is, but you can tell what time it is just by what cartoon is on TV.

  22. It’s only 9 am and you’ve already though “I need a drink”.

  23. You’re nursing an infant on the toilet while simultaneously scheduling a doctors appointment.

  24. The cup of coffee you are drinking at lunch is the cup you made at 5:30 am, just reheated for the 100th time.

  25. You don’t want to go to bed at night because the silence is just to beautiful, no matter how tired you are.

 

I think I would find this to be a lot funnier if it weren’t so close to the truth!  There were countless comments on this article saying things like “oh my gosh this is so me!”  “haha I can totally relate!”  and other things of that nature.  It’s sort of like if another person pokes fun at you about something that’s a sensitive subject, it’s meant to be funny but in the end, it really isn’t.  This list of things is what homemakers and stay at home moms have become.  And this is why society no longer views a homemaker as a sacred and honorable position.  We are blessed with gadgets and technology that help us in countless ways, we don’t have to do our laundry in a bucket with a washboard, we don’t even have to clean dishes by hand!  But this sure doesn’t mean that we should be lazy because of these luxuries.  Unless you are ill, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get up and get yourself ready every single morning.  There’s no reason to be walking around in yoga or sweat pants and an old t-shirt with your hair sloppily pinned on top of your head.  There’s no reason you shouldn’t put on a little mascara and cover your blemishes.  When has it become acceptable to look like complete slobs?

Just this morning I went to the grocery store and saw a woman there that literally looked like she had just rolled out of bed.  As if she had thrown the covers off, slipped on some shoes, and drove to the grocery store.  Why do women no longer seem to take pride in their appearance?

I believe that being a homemaker is what you make of it.  If you want to sit around like a bum, lounging on the couch walking TV, your home and family life are going to reflect that.  Do you truly believe your husband is going to be happy coming home to that?  Do you think the women he works with show up to work looking like they just rolled out of bed?  No.  They take the time to get ready and put themselves together.  Don’t be surprised if you notice your husband suddenly having longer hours at the office than before.

Why have we developed this attitude that staying home to take care of our families is a chore?  Have we forgotten what an absolute privilege it is?!  There are women out there actually choosing to sit behind a desk rather than be at home to take care of their children.  I feel beyond blessed given the opportunity to be a homemaker.  There is nothing else I could ever imagine myself doing and being this happy.  Are same days more difficult than others?  You bet!  Are there days when I lose my patience and feel like my children aren’t listening to a word I say?  Of course!  But guess what, that’s part of being a parent.

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The bathroom one did make me laugh.  It’s good to know I’m not the only one who seems to have a constant companion in the bathroom!  Whether it’s the kids or the dog, a trip to the bathroom alone is rare.  Trust me, I could go on and on about each point in this article, but I think you all get the hint.

 

 

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Like I said before, I think the author wrote this piece with the intention of making us laugh.  However, I think I would have been able to appreciate it a bit more if these things weren’t actually true for so many homemakers today.  I believe it is time for us to remember that we have the best job of all, and it pays much more than any amount of money ever could.  We need to be proud of being homemakers, and we need to show it!

1. Your kids ask where you are going when you put on jeans.

2. At least half of your meals consist of your child’s leftovers.

3. When your husband asks, “what did you do today?” you can’t muster up a single thing to report, despite feeling like you’ve been put through the spin cycle of the washing machine.

4. You can clean your entire house with a package of baby wipes.

5. A “night out” is roaming the aisles at Target alone.

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3 thoughts on “Is this really what it’s come to?

  1. My husband and I were having this very same discussion just the other day! So many people think that being a housewife is the easiest and laziest “job” in the world, but my husband went to the grocery store with our two year old the other day, and a half hour later was calling me asking, “how do you do this all day long?!” Haha!

  2. My husband and I were talking about this recently, as well! He has always been grateful to come home to a clean house and dinner on the table, and I am grateful to have a husband who makes sure I can be here to make these things happen! I got sick a while back, and in just the 2-3 days that I was under the weather and unable to maintain my normal routine, the house looked like a bomb had hit it! He looked at me once I was healthy again, and had the house back under control in fairly short order…and asked where I hid my superhero cape!

    • Haha! I know, I’m currently in the process of teaching my 9 year old how to cook and maintain a home, she loves it! So even on days when I’m not feeling great, she has the list of things I do daily and will start doing a load of laundry, cleaning the bathrooms, dishes, getting dinner started. She’s amazing 🙂

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