With the exception of one job (the first one I had out of college, which to be fair, sucks for a lot of people), I’ve always really enjoyed working. Don’t get it twisted: There were days when I would call in “sick” (look, I was suffering from severe Detective Benson deficiency and the only prescription was a Law and Order: SVU marathon), and Fridays usually couldn’t come fast enough, but I felt a sense of pride and fulfillment in my career. However, upon the birth of my second child, I decided to take a break from all of that to be a stay-at-home mom. It's not something I ever though I would do, but as the great prophet Sheryl Crow once said, "Every day is a winding road." It's ended being a move that not only worked best for our family, but felt surprisingly awesome for me personally. So there I was.
In deciding to be a stay-at-home mom, I was following not only in the footsteps of my mother, who was the baddest bitch ever to rock the SAHM mantle, but of my husband, who had left his job when our son was born to stay home with him for the first two years. Both were able to offer me a lot of practical and encouraging advice: Try to get into some kind of routine, don’t expect everything to get done every day, and take advantage of the few moments you will have to yourself because your well-being is more important than doing the dishes. My mother also offered a foreboding warning: Some people will be absolute idiots about the fact that you stay home, and it’s best to remember that it speaks more to their ignorance than who you are as a woman. Really? I’d gotten some choice stupid and hurtful statements as a working mother — “I just couldn’t let someone else raise my children,” or “I guess I just had different priorities after I had children.” Now I was going to get hit with judgement as a SAHM? Really? Oh. Oh yes, I was. Here are some of the best things I’ve heard. (And by “best” I mean “WTF are you people thinking?”)