You Know You’re A Stay At Home Parent When…



~ You talk to yourself.. More than you’d like to admit.. Sometimes they’re the most sane conversations throughout your entire day.

~ You get excited about seeing other adults. Whether it’s a quick catch up in the school yard or a chat in the shops, these conversations are never long enough, and are often a major highlight of the day. 

~ The school runs become your biggest social activity.

~ When the kids are home you say things like “I just need to go up and get something” and then just stand or sit in a room for ten minutes until they suss what you’re up to and start calling you again.

~ You ask the kids questions they either a: couldn’t care less about or b: haven’t a clue what you’re on about.. Examples of both could be –  “This bathroom needs a good scrub doesn’t it?” .. and..”What am I doing with my life? “

~ You notice things around the house that no one else would never ever notice. “My God. Look at the state of that bit of skirting board in the corner of the room. We can’t have anyone seeing that” *Grabs pack of multi-surface wipes* 

~ You enjoy a nose out the window at any goings on outside. 

~ You want to get out of the house so badly and yet simultaneously fear any outdoor activities with your kids when they outnumber you.

~ You send them into another room to do something so you can eat their sweets / chocolates on the sly.

~ You have days were that bottle of wine sitting on the counter is looking real good and it’s only 1 o’ clock..

~ You wouldn’t trade it for the World… most days, well some days. Other days you’d trade it for a day in a pub.. but mostly it’s great, in a stressful lovely kind of way.



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    April 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm

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  2. tric

    April 10, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Love it. I am slowly emerging from the fog and dementia of being a stay at home mother for twenty years.

  3. tric

    April 10, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    No matter how long you do it it’s a tough gig. Now it’s almost over I can say, “ah that was great”, but mostly I say, “life I’m here” and I know how to make the most of it.

  4. Jazzygal

    April 10, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Oh yeah, I hear ya! And I only have one… and he’s now a teenager!

  5. office mum

    April 12, 2015 at 1:24 am

    I’m not a stay at home mom but can relate to every single bit of it – I think maybe we are all sometimes SAHMs… LOVE the questions that the kids couldn’t care less about. I do this ALL THE TIME!

  6. Grainne Reid

    April 12, 2015 at 9:10 am

    haha great post! Love it x

  7. mammarajsays

    April 17, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Love this- especially that wine bottle calling your name by 1pm. They don’t tell you it can be lonely and drive you bonkers! Yes, seeing other adults is a highlight of the day!

  8. kirstyjennings1992

    June 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Brilliant. I totally related to all of this! I wrote a similar post recently, check it out if you fancy it! xx

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