Contrary to what the movies may show, and what some may believe, most SAHP’s (Stay At Home Parent) don’t lie around in their PJ’s all day eating junk food. Being a SAHP is work. Often times it’s HARD work. Here’s 10 ways it’s just like any other job.
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.
Diapers: Whether you are wiping ass or kissing ass, it’s probably your least favorite part of the day.
Clean up: The never-ending cycle of fixing, re-doing, or re-starting every project your aforementioned coworkers screw up.
Lunchtime: An excuse to drink a beer in the middle of the day.
Nap time: The SAH version of a Sick Day. Which always flies by like you’re in a time warp.
Play dates: The SAH version of the water cooler. This is where all the latest drama or news is exchanged with pretty much anyone who will listen to you complain about your coworkers.
Drama: If you think the office bitch is a drama queen, try spending an entire day home alone with a toddler.
Quitting time: The last hour of the day before your SO 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.
So next time you start judging a SAHP, think about it first. Is your job really harder than theirs?