5 Common Misconceptions about Stay at Home Moms

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I am a stay at home mom. Actually, I prefer to refer to myself as a work at home mom as I do work from home. 

However, there was a point in time in which I was a Stay at Home Mom.

There are so many misconceptions surrounding Stay at Home Moms and what they do, who they are or why they stay at home. A lot of people have different views on the subject, however, there are some very common Misconceptions about Stay at Home Moms I would like to brush on here. 

5 Common Misconceptions about Stay at Home Moms

1. Stay at Home Moms get SO much Free Time– I would like to assure that no, no, they don’t. SOMETIMES, the children will go for a nap and you can shove a sandwich in your face without interruption. Sometimes. Other times, the kids refuse to nap and you will find yourself with a shadow that isn’t your own, in the bathroom and you think to yourself: “Can I PLEASE Poop Alone!?”

2. All Stay at Home Moms MUST be Bored– If there was time to be bored, I guarantee you that a Stay at Home Mom wouldn’t complain that she was. 

3. Stay at Home Moms Waste Their Education– I wouldn’t consider it a waste to aid in the development of our Children, and prepare them to be the next generation of adults. No, I wouldn’t. 

4. Stay at Home Mom’s Spend all day Spending their Husband’s Money–  If you could see the look on my face right now, you would understand how I feel about this misconception. 1. Family’s Money. 2. Daycare costs a lot of money… I don’t spend $80/Day to be with my Children. 3. Shut Up. 

5. Stay at Home Moms are Miserable– Sorry. No. Being an idiot makes one miserable, myself being home with my kids doesn’t. 

What Common Misconceptions About Stay at Home Moms Do you Dislike?

7 thoughts on “5 Common Misconceptions about Stay at Home Moms”

  1. Do people still think this?

    Anyone that I mention it to (I’m a SAHM) don’t even give it a second thought. Many Mom’s say “Oh, how nice, I’m jealous”.

    Oh well, people will believe what they believe. And if they think that they know what I do at home then I want to ask them what this weeks winning lottery tickets are.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    1. You wouldn’t think that they do, considering it is 2014, but yes there are many people that still think this way! Can you believe it1?

      Ha “I Want to ask them what this weeks winning lottery tickets are… ” Haahahahhaha!

  2. “Well, I work.” What I do isn’t as good as what you do? Ouch! I try to take what others say lightly. Nobody lives the same life, they don’t know ours like we don’t know there’s. As a mom I don’t judge someone for working or not working or working from home or travelling to work – we are all here trying to do the best we can for our families. Moms unite! 😉

  3. I definitely run into these misconceptions from other people on a regular basis. I just love it when people react to our family’s choice for me to stay at home with things like “didn’t you get a degree?” or “must be nice to have all that free time…” I’ve had close friends ask me how I can bear to be bored all the time, don’t I wish I could spend some time with adults? For the most part I just brush it off but it can get a little tiresome.

  4. Ha! I say. I was a SAHDad for about 8 months after we closed our restaurant. My wife went back to work and I stayed “home” in a small two-bedroom apartment with our firstborn son, Oscar. He was almost 3 years old. I became the primary caregiver and managed the household duties (as minimal as they’d be in an apartment). I also enjoyed the luxury of walking Oscar to daycare Tuesday, Wed. and Thursdays from 09:00 until 15:00 giving me time to hunt for work and to prep dinner, shop etc. I said it then and I’ll say it again. I barely made it work. I couldn’t imagine how mothers of large families with big single homes and one family car managed life back in the 50s and 60s. And very different but I’m sure just as challenging is how single, working moms cope. Needless to say, I have a healthy respect for how much work it takes to make things work when I consider SAHM that spin many plates, juggle all the errands and manage to wipe tears and runny noses with kindness and a smile. Hats off to you. Steve MC @ChunkBob

  5. Stay at home moms have so much free time?! I’m a part-time student in college after my 4th child. I watch my one year old, cook and do homework with what little time I have. Not to mention homework with my 3 other kids when they come home from school.

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