If I had a dime for every time I’ve been asked this I could buy myself a new set of yoga pants.
There always seems to be some sort of tension between the moms who work outside of the home, moms who work from home, and moms who stay home. One sounds less prestigious than the other. Being “just” a stay-at-home mom comes with images of a woman wearing pajamas all day while scrubbing yogurt out of the carpet and washing freshly peed on sheets at two in the morning.
For some reason, those sacrificial acts of motherhood aren’t often seen as worthy of the title work-from-home mom. That’s just what you do as a stay-at-home mom so, therefore, it’s not real work. It’s not like a SAHM brings in money by writing or selling stuff on Etsy or being a virtual assistant. Since they don’t bring in money, they aren’t considered to be working from home.
And that’s bullshit.
We’re all work-from-home moms.
Earning money is the wrong way to discern if you are or not. Being a mom is work. It’s early morning wake-ups with a child suffering from an ear infection. It’s making meals that will be thanklessly hurled to the floor in a tantrum. It’s sitting with your 4th grader while they whine and moan through doing their homework. It’s doing laundry, overseeing bath time, midnight cuddles after a bad dream, and so much more.
We shouldn’t discount others, or ourselves, because they don’t have an atypical j-o-b. We should respect every parent who is at home with their child whether they get up early to plug in some numbers for a company, make sales during the afternoon, or put clean sheets on their kid’s bed before bedtime.
We all have something to offer, some greater good we put out into the world. even if you don’t get a check every week. It doesn’t mean you’re any less of a work-from-home mom. Be proud of what you do every minute of every day.