There’s a common assumption, by those who don’t know better, that stay-at-home moms do nothing but eat bonbons and watch soap operas every day. These assumptions could not be more wrong. A stay-at-home mom works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for wages that are, more often than not, doled out in stale cheerios and boogers. She is both mother and wife, and also equal parts nurse, chauffeur, chef, vacuum cleaner, dog-walker, and washing machine. She may not have seen a tube of lipstick in three years, or worn high heels since her eldest was born. Her house isn’t spotless, despite her best efforts, ad sometimes dinner consists of a half-eaten pop-tart.
It is vitally important for society to value the stay-at-home mom, and not denigrate her position solely because she receives no paycheck. Her role is very important, but often she sttruggles to feel fulfilled. Some days she wants to scream from the rooftop, just to know that, in fact, someone hears her.
Some days she doesn’t like her job, and she’s often times afraid to admit it. Those days are the ones she needs support the most, when she needs to be reassured that what she does matters, and that her job, though without paycheck, is not without satisfaction and value.
The cliche says that children are the future, and indeed it is true. Stay-at-home moms battle down in the trenches, fighting nightmares, homework struggles, bullies. They often forego showers in favor of rocking screaming babies. They are those women who need the most love and support, and society must understand that stay-at-home and do-nothing are not the same.