They’re the remarks that all stay at home mums know too well. We’ve counted down our favourite 10 comments. Does yours make the list?
You’re out. You’ve got a baby. You’re making small talk with a stranger. And you know what’s coming. The dreaded question, “So, you’re just a mum?” Cue the eye twitch and the intense desire to throw Tiny Teddies at your new friend.
Regardless of whether you have been a SAHM for years or merely weeks, this is only one of the many questions that you’ve probably heard. So let’s revisit some of our most favourite cringe-worthy comments, shall we?
After all, we have nothing else to do, right?
So, what do you do all day?
Show of hands, who has heard this one before? There’s no right response to this one but my favourite is, “I keep the kids alive. And so far I’m employee of the year”.
What do you do with all your free time?
Well, you know, I take holidays to Bali during the weekdays and usually spend my weekends touring Australia with my rock band.
Clearly I am not labelling containers for school, cooking meals, helping with the homework, wrapping birthday presents and actually taking care of my family.
Your husband must make a lot of money.
Yes, that must be it. Now, let me just pay for this coffee with the coins I found behind the lounge.
Will you ever go back to work?
I am at work. My work requires more than just the typical administrative duties. And my co-workers dribble. And sometimes poo.
Since you don’t work, would you mind helping me out…
Just because “I don’t work” doesn’t mean I somehow turned into a charity. Trust me, having kids hasn’t made me want to do things for others… I do things for others all day long. And they pay in cuddles.
You must be so bored.
I would love to continue this conversation, but I have school drop off, swimming lessons, piano class and two birthday parties to plan.
You must get so much sleep.
How is your house such a mess?
Because I live with two mini hurricanes and sometimes I would prefer to play with these hurricanes rather than constantly clean up after them.
Oh no wonder your child is so clingy.
Yes, it must be because I love him too much.
You’re so lucky.
Luck doesn’t have much to do with it, but, I’ll take it as a compliment. Because, you know what? All mums are lucky – lucky to have little ones that love them, adore them and simply want to be with them. Whether you work outside the home or work inside the home really has nothing to do with it.
What other comments have you received as a SAHM?
Want a glimpse into the life of a SAHM? Check out this hilarious photo series for what really goes on behind the scenes of a SAHM (no soap operas or naps in sight).
(images via Anna Angenend)