Just in case you ever wondered what we really hear when you tell us these things… 10 Things to NOT Say to a Work-Out-Of-The-Home-Mom
1) “I took off work for the first four years’ of my child’s life to be with him.”
Translation: if you were a caring mother, you wouldn’t work until your child is school aged.
2) “A woman’s place is at home, so we trust God for our income.”
Translation: if you use your brain and hands to work, you aren’t a true Christian. (Never mind what the Bible actually says about that issue…)
3) You came back to work after only six weeks? Well, be glad. I took off 12 weeks after my son was born and it was much harder than if I had only taken 6 weeks off.
Translation: I got 12 weeks with my baby and you only had 6! Na-na–na–na-boo-boo!
4) “I take naps when my children do.”
Translation: when I’m exhausted, I sleep. When you’re exhausted, well, when do you sleep, anyway?
5) “I’m already pregnant with my next baby; my kids will only be 15-months apart! When are you going to have another one?”
Translation: I have the ability to take care of two children. Do you? (answer: absolutely NOT! How am I supposed to be pregnant while working FT, maintaining a home, transporting a baby for childcare, getting up in the middle of the night with a baby, and keeping my family healthy…all at the same time?! And how could I possibly live through leaving two babies in someone else’s arms every day?! You must be crazy…)
6) “I send my daughter to day care twice a week so that I have some me-time.”
Translation: I see my daughter so much that I actually want to have time without her.
7) “You breastfeed? Oh, I quit that; it’s too much trouble.”
My response: yeah? Try pumping at work. Or anywhere, for that matter.
8) “I love seeing all of my baby’s ‘firsts!”
Translation: Must be you don’t care about firsts. After all, you work.
9) “I am so bored being a SAHM.”
Translation: I am a spoiled princess who has the audacity to not use my time wisely nor to delight in every single moment of my child growing…and then I’m going to tell you about it.
10) “Did you know that you’re son is crawling?”
Translation: you obviously spend no time with your child, so you won’t know when he reaches developmental milestones.
Disclaimer: I do realize that SAHM’s receive enough flack of their own. While not downplaying that, this is simply a humorous and honest look at the WOHM’s side of things. And yes, I have heard each and every one of these things myself!