Dear Stay-At-Home Moms,
How are you? Are you wondering how to keep yourself together? I’m still trying to figure out how to get through another day of being stuck at home. I’m exhausted reading articles about Stay-At-Home Moms (SAHMs) having it easier because they’re “used to being home”? I know, it’s a lot. We didn’t sign up for this either. Our lives are just as thrown off. We’re all trying to hold it together, one day at a time.
Sure, there are great things that can come out of this:
- Quality time with kids
- Artistic abilities
- DIY projects
- Giving your skin a much-needed break
On the contrary, there’s a negative side people don’t want to admit. For example, being at home alone all day with the kids. Or being the only adult home while your husband or partner goes to their job – if it’s considered a necessity and open. I know it’s difficult. Nothing about COVID-19 has made my life any easier. Still, I look on the bright side. My family is safe and healthy. Could I ask for much more?
Lately, I’ve seen a lot of social media posts saying stay-at-home moms prepared for things like this and I want you to know:
NO, WE DID NOT‼️
My quarantine life is nothing like my stay-at-home life, and my world has been turned upside down like everyone else. But, it’s definitely not any easier. Going out, meeting friends for coffee, shopping, going to the zoo, the aquarium, the park, are all gone. I’m at home like you. Does it sound like I was any more prepared for this? Because I promise, I wasn’t.
To some, what I said above might seem easy. Sure, planning a full day to keep your child occupied, remembering all the meals all the snacks, keeping to all of the nap times, hydration, education, and oh, finding time to keep me sane, can be difficult. Moms are struggling more with Baby Blues now because they’re stuck at home.
You used to get your 10-minute break and 1-hour lunch at work, but that’s gone. Well, I got my 10-minute bathroom break, maybe. The difference is, I don’t mind. I still get to do my job, being a mom. But just because I get to “keep working” doesn’t mean I have it easy. More people are home, and that means more work for the moms. Be kind to the mamas. Remember, no one signed up for the pandemic, but here we are.
So, if you are a SAHM who’s lost and confused, don’t worry; I am too.