Being a stay-at-home mom is more challenging than some realize. I mean, really. Before I found freelance and contracting jobs I could do from home, it was just me and my daughter navigating our lives together while my partner (her father) worked and let me tell you: there are some major turn offs every stay-at-home mom really wishes you wouldn't do because it undermines everything we've worked so hard on.
Don't get me wrong. I love being home with my two kids (ages 5 and 10) but I also love having the ability to work while I'm home with them. The independence and freedom that comes with making my own money, and enjoying my own career, is not lost on me. However, in being the primary caregiver for my children, it's dawned on me that all the work that goes into being home is often overlooked or disgraced completely. You know what? I'm over it. Yes, caring for my children is the main part of being here, but there are so many other factors into play — household chores, errands, groceries, meal prep — I don't think it's realized how draining and exhausting it can be at times, especially when I'm doing these things (actual work) and working my jobs (from a literal sense), alone.
Having been on both sides (working in and out of the home), I totally get the peeves from either. Currently though, I'm doing the at-home thing which means my turn-offs are abundantly clear! With that, take a moment to reflect on them so that next time you're in the company of a stay-at-home mom like myself, you'll be a tad more considerate. Please and thank you.