5 Things You Should Never Say to a Stay-at-Home Mom
Eleven years ago, I was a growing star in the accounting field. I had graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Accountancy at the age of 19 with several years of leadership experience under my belt. I had easily landed my first job as a tax accountant for a billion dollar company and was being recruited for other desirable positions. Then, 10 ½ years ago, I left all of that behind to wipe noses, change diapers and wear out several washing machines.
My new career is unpaid, un-glamorous and often downright disgusting. There is no corporate ladder to climb, no year-end bonus and very little employee appreciation. My clientele is juvenile and whiny, and yet I still continue to choose this stay-at-home life over a corporate position.
It is not always an easy decision. In the years since I left the workforce, my family has experienced college student poverty, lost jobs, broken-down vehicles and unexpected medical expenses. I've personally struggled through two bouts of postpartum depression and at least one mid-life crisis. Yet, I still stay home and clean the same floor I cleaned yesterday, read the same stories and play Candy Land for the millionth time.
Some mornings, it takes a great deal of determination to not slip into some heels, run out the front door and beg for my quiet, organized cubicle back. That is why it infuriates me when a working mother says the following things to me: