Can I be honest with you about something?
Somedays, I really hate being a stay-at-home mom.
Like, really hate it.
There are days I miss interacting with other adults other than my husband on a daily basis.
There are days I miss doing something other than wiping butts, getting snacks and scarfing my lunch down during nap time.
There are days I wish I could have drinks with my friends or awesome co-workers after a fulfilling day at work.
There are days I wish I could experience the joy of picking up my kids from daycare and seeing the excitement on their little faces because they've missed me all day while I was at work.
There are days I wish I could look forward to the weekend because it'd mean I'd get to spend two uninterrupted days with my family that I haven't seen much of all week.
There are days I am jealous of my husband and the time he gets to spend outside of our house, even if he's just going to work.
There are days I am regretful of this decision we made so long ago, for one of us to be on the front lines of this parenting thing and to save the cost of two kids in daycare.
There are days my go-getter attitude, education, and sense of self satisfaction feel like they are being wasted here at home.
There are days I feel like my kids would be better off in a daycare setting instead of with me day in and day out.
There are days I just count the minutes until bed time, go through the motions and dread getting up to do it all over again the next day.
There are days I get so freaking sick of having to justify to people outside the walls of my home why I stay home or feeling like I have to explain to them the reason why my husband and I went down this path.
I get so sick of feeling like I have to be grateful everyday that I get to be a stay-at-home mom, especially from people that have never done the job.
We live in a society where we are ripped apart for admitting when we are struggling or if God forbid, we aren't grateful for every second we get to spend with our kids.
This needs to stop.
We all need to remember that whether you work or stay home we are all just trying to raise our babies the best way we know how. We're all doing what's best for our own families. And that's all that anyone needs to care about. That just because you don't always love the role you have at this current moment in time, doesn't mean you aren't completely in love with your children and pleased with your place in life.
I'm a stay-at-home mom and sometimes I don't care for it. What about you?
Originally published on the author's blog.