As a stay-at-home mom I always felt like I worked really hard. I viewed the things I did at home, like clean the house, cook meals, do laundry, as my job. Granted, it was a job that never ended and I felt like I had to justify it to others at times, but I really loved my it.
Now that I am a working mother/wife, I realize how good I had it. Yes, being a stay-at-home mom had its challenges. It wasn’t always fun and easy and I didn’t get to sit around eating popcorn and watching movies all day. However, now I never get to sit down. Gone are the days of sitting down to watch TV after the kids have gone to bed. There is always clothes to be washed, a kitchen that needs cleaning, a grocery list to make out, bathrooms to be cleaned, floors to be swept…you get the idea.
So the conclusion I have come to is this: Working moms have it harder on the larger scale than stay-at-home moms. I am not taking anything away from those who stay-at-home. To be quite honest, I wish I was still there. But having to work 40 hours and then come home and do all the things I was doing before I was working 40 hours is very trying. Luckily I have a husband who appreciates this fact and does his part.
I now realize why my mom had us doing chores by the time we turned 5.