I would be terribly forgetful if I did not mention one phenomenal half of the whole picture on being a stay-at-home mom: the working husband! How in the world could we do what we do without their sacrifice? I sometimes envy my husband leaving for work every day, although not the hour that he wakes up, or the drive from here to there and back. He has so much on his shoulders. I try to put myself in his shoes and really think about what that role entails.
Being the husband of a stay-at-home mom
Every day my husband goes to work. Our financial stability falls on his shoulders, although we try to balance it as I am the one who manages the money after it gets into our hands. We work as a team.
If I were the one our financial livelihoods fell on, I would be a very stressed out person. Somehow, my husband balances that. He has said he prefers being the one to work versus staying home. I respect his sacrifice having to be the one to wake up every day and leave us to go do his job. He has to be away from our children the majority of the day while I get to see them all day.
Remember that you may be getting pooped on literally, but he is also getting pooped on, figuratively. And, without his income your job as a stay-at-home mom would not be possible…well, unless you are the Rockefellers or the Kennedys.
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Tarana Khan says
I'm glad you've written this! I do try to keep in mind that it can't be easy taking a long commute and sitting at a desk all day.
So true, Tarana! I want to think some days that I am the one with the toughest job, but really we share in the challenges of parenting and marriage with our husbands. It's a balancing act, but those wonderful husbands work so hard too!
Wow, my Mother n law needs to see this. I'm always hearing about how impossibly difficult it is to stay at home with kids. But when I try to say work was tough today (100+ hours a week 6-7 days a week) my mother n law says very condescendingly that at least I get to go to work and not stay home. It's nice to see some recognition ladies thank you so much!!!
You bet! I think many of us take our husbands for granted in the thick of challenging days with kids. We know you guys do a lot even if we don't always let you think that. 🙂 I wish you all the best!
I love this so much! So often the working husband gets forgotten, when really wear would we stay at home moms be with out him??
So true! Where would we be without him? His role is essential to our role. Wouldn't have it any other way!
Thank you for the gentle reminder that our dear husbands deserve a sweet smile and gentle words when they arrive home each evening. I (we) are most truly blessed.
We really are blessed to be able to take care of our families each day-thanks in part to our wonderful husbands!