If you think that being a Stay At Home Parent isn’t like a 9-5 job, lets compare, shall we?
Coworkers: In this case, your kids. The people you spend 8+ hours a day with, in most cases you see them more than anyone else you know. With just as much drama and gossip.
Brown-Nosing: Whether you are wiping ass or kissing ass, it’s probably your least favorite part of the day.
Project Management: The never-ending cycle of fixing, re-doing, or re-starting every project your aforementioned coworkers screw up. While managing said project load with an ever-changing priority list.
Lunchtime: An excuse to drink a beer in the middle of the day. (kidding…mostly) Or maybe coffee is more your thing….
Time off: The SAH equivalent is nap time. Which always flies by like you’re in a time warp. Sick days don’t exist when you don’t work a 9-5, but the trade off is nap time 1-2 times a day.
Water cooler banter: The SAH translation = playdates. This is where all the latest drama or news is exchanged with any individual who’s over the age of 18. Small talk is BIG when you’ve been dealing with toddlers (or annoying coworkers) all day.
Drama: If you think the office crazy person is a drama queen, try spending an entire day home alone with a toddler.
Quitting time: The last hour of the day before your sig-other get’s home slows down to turtle speed and seems to last FOREVER.
Mediation: Only in this case, you are the mediator and the 2nd party. No middle man to help calmly solve the problem, so you usually end up giving in and your LO gets whatever toy or treat they threw a fit over to begin with. Sometimes it’s just not worth the fight.
Overtime: Being a SAHP means you don’t get to leave work or stop working after an 8 hour day. Only you don’t get paid time-and-a-half.