What Does A SAHM Do?

by on 06/10/09 at 3:32 pm

I find it amusing that some people think a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) does nothing all day long. While we may not have a written job description, we do have a very important obligation which is taking care of our children. My blog title “The Unemployed Mom” is a complete oxymoron, which is typically why I receive laughs when people hear it. Anyway, I wanted to share a few thoughts about being a SAHM and let people know more about what we do.

  1. Being a SAHM doesn’t start at 8 am and end at 5 pm like a typical job. Our children dictate when our day begins and when it ends.
  2. Overtime occurs regularly, yet we do not get paid time and a half. We are compensated with hugs and kisses which is far more rewarding. Of course, we do receive our share of unpleasant compensation too (diaper blowouts, fussy kids, food spills, bathroom blunders, wet beds, tantrums, etc.).
  3. We do not receive vacation or sick time and must fulfill our duties 24/7, 365 days a year! No, we do not get weekends off either!
  4. We have a big responsibility which is trying to set the right example for our children and being the perfect role model. This can be challenging at times if we are frustrated or dealing with real world issues.
  5. A SAHM has mastered the art of multi-tasking! We are able to focus on many things at once but still keep our child’s safety and interests at the top of the list!
  6. We do not have one whining boss to answer to, we have our significant other AND our children!
  7. A SAHM is also a teacher, day care provider, guidance counselor, taxi driver, photographer, CEO, nutritionist, chef, laundry attendant, maid, accountant, janitor, entertainer, nurse, party planner, personal stylist, administrative assistant and a baker. Keep in mind, we are not compensated…but imagine what our salary SHOULD be with these responsibilities!
  8. We are extremely flexible! Our goal may be to complete our to-do list; however, our children dictate what our day actually consists of. Some days are extremely laid back while others are complete chaos. We must “go with the flow” and make the best of it, even if that means not accomplishing what we planned to.
  9. Being a SAHM is exhausting, there is never a dull moment! Some evenings, I am ready to fall asleep before my toddler goes to bed!
  10. We love our children dearly; however, staying home with a fussy or sick child can be draining! We do need a break once in awhile, even if it is just to take a quiet walk alone to clear our minds. When our significant other arrives home, we do not need to hear “why do you need a break, you stay home all day”!  I challenge any person who asks this infuriating question to stay home alone with their child for just one day…I am pretty confident they will beg to return to their regular job!

I have held a variety of professional positions and being a SAHM is by far the job I am most proud of (and as mentioned above, it is one of the most exhausting)! My child is only little once and I feel blessed to share every single day with him.

The next time someone says a SAHM doesn’t do much, please direct them to this blog!

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6 Responses to “What Does A SAHM Do?”

  1. Marie Byrd

    Oct 6th, 2009

    I agree! I can admit that I can not be a SAHM unless I had too. TOUGHER THAN ANY JOB I HAVE HELD! BUT IT IS THE BEST!

  2. Jennifer

    Oct 6th, 2009

    I never understood why anyone would think a SAHM does so little. After spending a weekend with my daughter I’m ready to go back to work just to relax. It’s the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done. I can’t imagine doing it full-time and I admire those women who do.

  3. June

    Oct 7th, 2009

    I work full time and work overtime everynight. I finish one full time job and go to my other – being mom. My evenings are spent catching up in laundry, homework, taxi to softball, chief cook and dishwasher…. the list could go on. The night shift is even more exhausting – I am up all night with an infant then have to wake up super early to get ready for my day job and the kids ready for daycare – and still get to work for 8am. The weekends are even crazier – they are spent doing everything that I can’t get done during the week because of my full time job. I actually envy SAHM’s!!!!

  4. Loukia

    Oct 16th, 2009

    I say it all the time: there is no job in the entire world that is tougher than that of a stay at home mom. I had one year off when I was on mat leave with my second child and it was an amazing year – but hard! Being a mom is always challening and rewarding, but tough, for sure. I can’t stand it when people (always people who are NOT parents themselves!) say “Oh you get to stay home all day… how easy!” GRRRR!!!!

  5. Princess Leia

    Jan 27th, 2010

    I definitely do it so that I can eat my bonbons with my feet up while watching my soaps (and possibly getting a pedicure) every day.

    (NOT!!)

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