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?
1. 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.”
2. What do you do with all your free time?
This of course, begs the question – WHAT FREE TIME?! As anyone who’s looked after small children for even a day knows, there is no such thing as free time when you are a parent. Every single second you have (and even the seconds you don’t have!) is sucked up by the need to feed, clothe, care for your kids, along the other mundane family stuff – paying bills, making appointments, breaking up fights over toys.
Stay-at-home parents can only dream of free time. Which is why their coffee is always drunk cold.
3. 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.
4. Will you ever go back to work?
I am at work. In fact, I work 24/7. I never get to leave my office. Unless a trip to the supermarket counts?
My work requires more than just the typical administrative duties. And my co-worker’s dribble. And sometimes poo.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. You must get so much sleep
8. 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.
9. Oh, no wonder your child is so clingy
Yes, it must be because I love him too much.
10. 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.
This post was originally published on 8 December 2015