In my experience, when someone mentions whatever it is they think a stay-at-home mom is, or does, they're usually wrong. With so many false depictions of this important role, I can almost understand why people don't know any better. My time as a mom choosing to stay at home hasn't been remotely similar to what others imagine it to be and, as a result, I face my fair share of unnecessary criticism. As a result, I think there are more than a few things all stay-at-home moms should say to the haters. You know, just so it's crystal clear how much work is actually involved in raising our children.
If I'm being honest, I must admit that part of the reason why I made the choice to be home with my kids was due to my experiences as a child. The other part, however, was due to my innate desire to be the main person responsible for my babies. I had aspirations and dreams that I never stopped pursuing, to be sure, but through the earlier years of motherhood I was committed to the stay-at-home position, no matter what anyone else wanted me to do.
With all that said, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I made the choice to be home with my kids. I left a nice job with good pay, assuming that staying home with my newborn baby would be the "easier" option when compared to a full-time job. Knowing what I know now, however, has made it painfully obvious that I was just like everyone else, believing in the falsehoods of what the media portrays as a "stay-at-home-mom," instead of the reality.