Difficult is a Relative Word: Responding to “Why Being a Stay at Home Parent is the Toughest Job in the World”

Today, I cam across this article, a response to a Thought Catalog article that slams stay at home moms and, well, moms in general.

I was a stay-at-home mom for a few months-part of that when the Little Jedi was in the hospital. I had a son who was sick and wouldn’t latch but needed breast-milk, so I pumped every 3 hours, around the clock, for 6 months. I also wrote my master’s thesis during that time and graduated when he was a year old. That first year was one of the most difficult of my life, and it wasn’t just the thesis that was hard-it was the pumping, the crying, the washing, the changing, the feeding, the cleaning, and the exhaustion. Now I’ve a 5 year old and am working on a PhD.

Maybe it’s time to stop comparing ourselves to others so much, though. My experience is mine-it’s not universal, even if others can relate to it. “Difficult” is a relative word. Suzie does a good job reminding us of that.

Why Being a Stay At Home Parent is the Toughest Job in the World, Written by Someone Without Children.



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  1. Awesome remarks here.

    I spent those months feeling useless and wishing i could go to the hospital and talk to him through the glass more than I did, which is nothing compared to what you’re describing in the post. But feeling useless still sucks.


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