Leaving the workforce and staying home with your kids is a big decision, and the implications are usually more substantial than we realize. Staying home with small children, day after day, is both physically and emotionally difficult, so it's not uncommon for stay-at-home moms feel misunderstood and even slighted by their working mom counterparts. In fact, I'd wager there are things every stay-at-home mom wishes other moms just knew.
When I chose to leave my job five years ago to stay home with my newborn, I was amazingly unprepared for what it meant to be a stay-at-home mom. The isolation was overwhelming and I struggled with the domesticity of it all. I've never been great at housekeeping, so when I realized that the majority of my day would be filled with tasks that I struggled to complete sufficiently, I became super discouraged. As a result, my confidence took a huge hit. I went from a job I loved and was really good at, to questioning everything I was doing while simultaneously feeling like I was in way over my head.
Over the years I've grown accustomed to the more mundane aspects of my daily life, but the depression and feelings of isolation have lingered and I don't think they're going away anytime soon. I know I'm not alone in these feelings, which is a small comfort. I definitely know there are things almost every stay-at-home mom wishes other moms knew about our lives, up to and including the following: