Everyone except a stay-at-home mom thinks being a mom is an easy job, but they have no idea how difficult it is. As a stay-at-home mom for over 5 years, I’ve encountered many challenges. This article discusses the challenges for stay at home moms and how to overcome them.
According to research, studies, and polls, stay-at-home moms struggle and are more depressed than working moms.
I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for over 10 years, and I would support the findings.
Although society considers it to be one of the easiest jobs, being a stay-at-home mom is one of the most difficult. Many challenges come along with being a stay-at-home mom, including
Challenges for Stay at home moms
- Lack of appreciation
Mom works all day long doing household chores like cooking, washing clothes, cleaning dishes, and many other things.
Housekeeping jobs are commonly referred to as “micro-jobs.”
The funniest thing you will find is that when your partner comes back home after the job and finds the house in a mess, the only question they will ask is, “What were you doing the whole day?”
After you attend all housekeeping jobs, you will find it becomes hard for society to pinpoint what she did the whole day.
- Inadequate finance
Most stay-at-home moms’ jobs don’t come with a paycheck unless you decide to start a work-at-home job.
Also, when most husbands make family budgets, moms are given no consideration, not even a penny, to buy personal items.
- Lack of employment
There is no job set aside to be done by stay-at-home moms, and it’s hard to find a company hiring stay-at-home moms.
- Lack of acknowledgment of stay-at-home moms’ Job title
The stay-at-home mom’s title is not recognized anywhere.
If you want to return to work, your years as a stay-at-home mom are counted as unemployed rather than recognizing the efforts and commitments required to be a stay-at-home mom.
Human beings are created for interaction. Babies or kids may not provide the type of conversation you need as an adult.
Spending the whole with a baby can be isolating and this can lead to loneliness.
As a stay-at-home mom, you don’t have a day off, no sick leave, no holidays, and no weekends. This means you are always on duty, trying to fill a never-ending to-do list.
Sometimes it gets difficult to juggle all of those responsibilities, and you leave fatigued.
- Being taken advantage
Because you are not working, the church, school, family members, or society may organize and delegate a duty for you without informing you in advance.
When you tell them you’re busy or pay for the service, they say you could be sitting at home doing nothing; it’s a chance you’ve got to keep yourself busy.
- Loss of identity
In today’s world, everyone is evaluated by their formal job title, how much they earn, and what they bring to the table.
A stay-at-home mom’s job is unappreciated; you have no job title or income; and you lose your identity in society.
Even the children and husband don’t take you seriously.
- Remain stagnant
Being a stay-at-home mom means every day you repeat the same job looking after your house and children; you remain imprisoned at home, so you remain stagnant since you are not learning new things.
You remain stagnant in your life, knowing only specific things.
After all, it doesn’t mean all these challenges can make your life stagnant or make you unhappy since you are a stay-at-home mom. All of these challenges have a solution. Let’s look at some of the solutions.
Solutions and strategies to Overcome Stay-at-Home Mom Challenges
You can take a course or learn a hobby so that you won’t remain stagnant. Not only will this help you stay alert, but it’s also a good way to prepare to return to work if you wish to do so later.
There are still alternatives for a stay-at-home mom to make money if she doesn’t have access to the internet, such as starting a home-based business or making crafts while at home looking after children.
To beat boredom and loneliness you can decide to join a group or online community for stay-at-home mothers so they can meet new people who can relate to them.
I know I’ve not exhausted the list of challenges and solutions for stay-at-home moms. If you are a stay-at-home mom, feel free to share the challenges that you face in the comment section below, and you can share my list too on social media.