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Beating The Stay At Home Mom Stereotypes
Everyone has a picture in their mind of what a stay at home mom should be. Sometimes itís fairly flattering - the perfect mother who is always there for her family, home cooks every meal and keeps a perfect house. Other times itís a picture of a woman lazing on the couch, watching soap operas, eating bon bons and spending her husbandís hard earned money.
Most stay at home moms donít fit perfectly into either. Maybe youíre great at cooking meals for your family, but when it comes to thinking of great ways to keep the kids busy, you struggle. Maybe your house is clean but you hate to cook. And maybe you do enjoy those soap operas as you help the kids with homework and projects.
Most people donít recognize the challenges your typical stay at home mom deals with. They see it as a kind of makework, nothing real.
As a stay at home mother you have many doors open these days. You can express yourself for the entire world to see on a blog. You can start a home business. You can volunteer. You can find a work at home job. Or you can just delight in being a stay at home mother and ignore your detractors.
Is a stay at home mom lazy? Rarely. Most try hard to contribute their fair share by budgeting money wisely, being there for their family, raising the kids, cleaning the house, cooking meals, and generally working what studies have shown to be the equivalent of two full time jobs. Next time someone calls stay at home moms lazy, just remind them of that.
You donít have to be June Cleaver to be a successful stay at home mom. If you donít enjoy cooking, thatís just fine. Use the shortcuts available to you that fit in your budget. I would suggest keeping the food healthy for your familyís sake, but otherwise itís up to you.
Despite what some feminists think, choosing to be a stay at home mom is not a betrayal of what the feminist movement fought for. Women now have options, and can choose what exactly they want to do with their lives. Saying that it is unreasonable to choose a traditional path is denying you the right to live your life as you choose.
Just take a look at what todayís stay at home mom is like. Odds are you werenít raised to think of yourself as a future stay at home mother. Growing up, girls are now encouraged to think of having careers, not ďmerelyĒ raising their families.
Itís okay for a stay at home mom to have outside interests. They donít have to be the more or less traditional volunteering, cooking and so forth. You can keep up your skills so that when your children are grown or reach an age where you decide to go back to work you still have the skills. You can do real work at home.
There are more options out there for stay at home moms than there used to be. Even as you take the time off from outside the home jobs to raise your family you can maintain your own interests.
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