Topic: SAHM

The Number Of SAHM’s Is Rising, And It Has Nothing To Do With ‘Opting Out’ Or ‘Leaning In’

The Number Of SAHM's Is Rising, And It Has Nothing To Do With 'Opting Out' Or 'Leaning In'

The number of stay-at-home-moms is rising, and if you listened to the most popular narrative about this, it’s because women in the work force are realizing they “can’t have it all” and it’s time for them to “opt out.” God I hate the narrative that assumes all women have a veritable buffet of choices in front of them. Why is it that when most people hear the word SAHM, they think of a woman lounging around in her yoga pants, making crafts and shopping on Amazon with her husband’s credit card all day? More »

Moms, You’re Doing Less Housework And It’s Making You Fat And Destroying America, Says Mayo Clinic

Moms, You're Doing Less Housework And It's Making You Fat And Destroying America, Says Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic released a study this month that was 45 years in the making. It basically blames intergenerational obesity on a mother’s time use and physical activity expenditure, by examining the important activities that clearly only mothers can do, like housework, child care, laundry, food preparation and postmeal cleanup. Did Rip Van Winkle examine these results? This study should have stayed in the decade from whence it came. More »

37 Things That Happen In The Day Of A Freelance Writing Toddler Mom

37 Things That Happen In The Day Of A Freelance Writing Toddler Mom

Stumble out of bed with one eye open. Locate middle of the night pee and do a mediocre job cleaning it up with a towel.

Beg your toddler to get dressed while making at least three more empty threats. Say “no you cannot wear your bathing suit to school” no less than 12 times and commence yoga breathing techniques.

Settle on an outfit that’s only sort of insane looking and tell yourself you don’t care what anyone thinks — your child is a creative genius. More »

Baby Blues: I Can’t Be Honest With My Mom About My PPD Because She’s A SAHM Martyr

Baby Blues: I Can't Be Honest With My Mom About My PPD Because She's A SAHM Martyr

I’m having a hard time letting go of what happened that day at the mall, when I hesitantly told my parents that I have PPD.

I explained how depression was hindering my ability to really enjoy my daughter. I didn’t ever get a break from her (at this point, I was a SAHM most of the time, and my husband worked 60 hours a week). No one else, including my parents, was willing or available to watch baby regularly so I could get some alone time. It was killing me.

After a few words of sympathy from my dad, my mom’s response was simply, “Just remember, I stayed at home with you girls for your whole childhood, and we didn’t have help from any friends or family. I did it all on my own.”

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