Stay At Home Parents Don't Have Mondays

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I am a full time working mom. I put in a 40 plus hour work week. In my spare time (ha!) I manage to write. My partner also works full time. Our son attends an early learning center in our absence.

Juggling a full time job, child, pets, and a home is very difficult.

Tiring.

Exhausting.

Gone are the days where we could come home, kick off our shoes, and veg out in front of the television with a frozen pizza and unwind.

Gone are the days of looking forward to a relaxing weekend.

There is no unwinding. No relaxing.

Not until he goes to bed.

Our weekdays offer just a few hours with him, all of which he expects each and every minute devoted to his every need. Our weekends are filled with weekly chores and catering to our son. Trying to fit in everything we miss doing with him. He is on attention overload, with good cause.

He misses us.

And us him.

There is no rest for the weary. There is no stopping.

It's draining.

There are weekends I long to go back to work.

After a particularly rough weekend, I posted this to my Facebook page.

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And one mom, responded "I don't have Mondays!!"

It got me thinking.

Holy crap! You poor thing.

Mondays for me are two fold. Sometimes I'm sad that our short time together has ended. Sometimes I'm glad our short time together has ended.

But damn, you stay at home folks are stuck with these rug rats sweet babies 24/7, 365. Stay at home parents don't have Mondays!

(Cue bowing and kissing feet.)

I don't know how on earth you do it. Your life is one continuous work week with little potty breaks and lunches. There are no Mondays. No day to look forward to as an escape. To get a break, to breathe. To be a human.

In. The. Real. World.

Seriously, you all need a raise.

A big fat raise.

And I respect the heck out of you.

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Tags: children, parenthood, parenting, SAHM

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