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By Gina Sampaio of Sister Serendip
I usually don’t open those sort of links, so I don’t know what it was about “Sixteen Things Only Stay at Home Moms Will Understand!” last weekend that prompted me to open it. For some reason, I operated under the delusion that it was going to be honest and insightful. Instead, it was full of all sorts of clichés. like we’re really good at multitasking, the pay is terrible but the benefits are great, we like wine, we wouldn’t trade it for any other job in the world!
Did I really just waste thirty seconds of my life reading that? Doesn’t all of that apply to any mom—any PARENT—who’s involved in their kids’ lives?
Implying that only SAHMs know about multitasking and breaking up kid fights only furthers the divide amongst the Working Moms and the Stay at Home Moms. Also furthering the divide are the stereotypes that for some reason still exist about each of these groups of people.
So for my own list, here are sixteen stereotypes that THIS Stay at Home Mom (since, you know, I can only really speak for myself) would like to dispel:
SAHMs aren’t feminists.
Girl, please. I was raised by feminists and I’m raising feminists. I’m a person who since age four had one clear and consistent career goal in mind: being a mom, preferably one that stayed home with the kids. Was anyone ever allowed to tell me that that was all I’d be able to be? Hell no.
SAHMs watch soaps and eat bon bons all day.
People still think that? Really? I don’t watch any daytime TV and I’m not really sure what a bon bon is. A little ice cream bite? Like a little bit of vanilla ice cream drenched in rich milk chocolate? Is that what it is? Hold up, I might be rethinking the bon bon part of this stereotype. Adding “bon-bons” to the shopping list now.
SAHMs are either rich, skinny and coifed or poor, fat and slovenly.
I’ll take “Somewhere In The Middle” for $200 please, Alex.
SAHMs are uneducated.
I certainly didn’t go for the most challenging or cerebral major in college, but I did earn my degree, and no, it was not my MRS; I actually first met my husband in high school, thank you very much.
(or) SAHMs are wasting their education.
Sharing my knowledge with growing minds isn’t wasteful. Also, there’s going to be a lot more life left for me once these kids are grown. Who knows what I might do?
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About Gina Sampaio
Gina Sampaio is her computer tech husband’s worst client. She is, however, pretty good at writing, acting, crafting and cooking. She blogs about open transracial adoption, five kids, sexual assault survival and the daily shenanigans of a large creative family at http://www.sisterserendip.com.