When the Stay-at-Home Mom and the Working Mom Collide…


February 17, 2012 by Kim

I have been a “working mom” for the majority of my child-rearing years

Other than the odd year or two off… I have somewhat successfully balanced motherhood with being a slave to “the Man”

Shit, who am I kidding… I’m raising all boys, I’m a slave to the Man 24/7

They’re just smellier mini versions of the Man

…always trying to keep a Momma down

This week I received the following “info-graphic” from Ben, who is affiliated with degreesearch.org

*don’t worry, I already checked out the site…. it won’t crash your computer or kidnap your Grandma…*

Online Degrees

I have always acknowledged how difficult it is to be a working mom.  I’m up at 5AM…. work until 4PM… and then perform Mom-duties until the kids go to bed.  Does it end there?  Not usually.

It can be utterly exhausting

Let’s just say that I was more than a  tad bit thrilled, in late 2007, when I realized that I would be able to try my hand at being a stay-at-home mom…

I remember thinking, those bitches got it MADE.

Yeah… they’ve got it “made” all right… just like someone who’s 51/50  has it “made”


It wasn’t relaxing, it wasn’t easy and it sure as hell wasn’t what TV makes it out to be

I remember, clear as day… one morning, after dropping Dickie off at pre-k, I went into a local gas station.  It was still quite early and I was not looking my best… decent enough to go out in public but not what anyone would call “pulled together”

As I stood in line, at the register, I realized that there were hoards of “professionals” milling about…

I felt invisible among the suits, high heels and air of importance that surrounded me.

They all seemed so… essential

and I just felt like a nobody…

I remember wanting to climb up on the cashier’s counter, stomp my feet and scream out

I wanted them to realize that I was important… and intelligent… and worthy of being looked AT instead of directly though…

I wanted them to know I used to be one of them… and that I missed it

I wanted them to understand that this bitch does NOT have it made.

Luckily, for myself, I didn’t take that extra step into insanity… I silently paid for my energy drink and walked to my car…

I made my return to the working force, a short time later


Not all women have what it takes to be a stay-at-home mom…

and not all women have what it takes to be a working mom

But, to each their own

explore your options…

and find what  makes YOU happy


One thought on “When the Stay-at-Home Mom and the Working Mom Collide…

  1. Exactly! To each his own.

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