I certainly wouldn’t say those enviously wishing they could, “sit round and do nothing in their pajamas all day” are anywhere near realistically viewing what it is to raise kids at home. There are plenty of frustrating things about being a stay-at-home mom-not peeing alone ranks up there pretty high-but it does come with quite a few perks. The stay-at-home parent benefit package includes…
Being able to hit snooze.
I don’t have a 9-5 job. That does mean that I also don’t have a clock-off time or days off really, but it also means I don’t have a start time. If the kids aren’t up or I can talk them in to going back to bed and we have no obligations for the day, I can go back to bed too. I would say the no alarm status of stay-at-home parenting is one of my favorite things.
No dress code.
I do wear pajamas all day. A pair of shorts and a loose fitting t-shirt is a ridiculously comfortable wardrobe choice. While when I was working in the labor force that often meant a uniform, or at the least a dress code, my living room doesn’t have a dress code. I can wear whatever I want.
If I want to let the dishes sit until tomorrow so I can go play in the sun with my kids, I can. If I want to take off for a few days camping, I may have to take the kids in most cases, but I don’t have to hope I can get the time off. There’s no one telling me I’m not working fast enough or not meeting quotas. No lectures and no co-workers, of course, there’s also no pay.
The best show in the world.
Finally, the biggest perk of being a stay-at-home parent is the opportunity to watch your kids grow without missing a beat. I would suffer all the alarm clocks, dress codes, bosses and restrictions in the world not to miss that, but luckily, I don’t have too. I do have to let go of some of my freedom, privacy, and maybe a little sanity here and there, but being there for my kids makes it worth it. I am thankful I’m in a position that allows me a job position some may look down on, no matter how much I may complain on occasion.