These are actual things that people have asked me since I decided to stay home with my girls a little less than two months ago. I’m getting a little tired of pushing my right eye back into my head (it pops out a little when I get angry), so I decided to provide some “education” to those who may come into contact with a SAHM, WAHM, SAHD, WAHD, or whatever term you prefer.
Please, please, please don’t ask me:
1. How are you enjoying your retirement?
My response: “How are you enjoying your ignorance?”
Retirement? Are you kidding? Staying home with your kids is really no different than having a full-time job outside of the home. And why is it that if you have the title “daycare provider,” people understand what you do all day? You take care of kids. Well, as an at-home parent, you take care of kids (and a lot more). It’s simple, really.
2. Isn’t it nice to have a clean home?
My response: “Yes, it is nice. Someday, I’ll know what that’s like.”
I, too, once thought that staying home would mean non-sticky floors, crumb-free couches and panes of glass you can actually see through. Wrong. My at-home friends tried to warn me, but I had to find out the hard way. Fact: while you’re cleaning room A, your kids are destroying room B. Fact: When you cook 3 meals a day (+ snacks) in your kitchen, it gets dirty, really dirty. My favorite phrase: “Trying to clean house while the kids are still growing is like trying to shovel snow while it’s still snowing.”
3. Don’t you get tired of couponing?
My response: “Don’t you get tired of throwing money away?”
Yes, I get tired of couponing (and deal searching, and garage sale shopping, etc.). My college education did not include “Scissor Savvy 101,” but maybe it should have. It takes time and effort to find ways to cut your family’s expenses. Some say it’s like a part-time job, and they’re right. Recently, I discovered our family’s expenses dropped by 56% once I stopped working outside the home! But that didn’t just “happen.” It takes time and effort. It’s not some fun, new hobby. It’s essential to making this lifestyle choice possible.
So, now that you know the things not to ask me, here’s a safe bet:
How are you enjoying the extra time with your kids?
My response: “:-) :-) :-)”