Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Top ten reasons I choose to stay at home.

My #2 reason(s).
I'm a stay-at-home mom. It's 100% true. I don't really like that term, though. What I am, in reality, is CEO of this family. I am running the show, people. Not Dill -- bless his heart, he does work hard, but he's not here all day to manage this operation. And it's a full-time job. I need a business card like Mark Zuckerberg's. That way, when people are all like, "What do you do?" I can say, "Here, let me give you my card." Can you imagine the look on people's faces when they read it? "That's ... nice ..." or maybe just dumbfounded blankness.

(If you don't know about Mark Zuckerberg's business cards, you should really click on the link.)

But I digress. I stay at home, make my home, run this company or whatever you want to call it because I have made a conscious decision to do so. No one has forced me to be a homemaker. It's a profession -- no, career -- I choose to call my own. I say 'choose' because I think it's a choice you don't make once. You have to make it every day when you wake up and every second after that. I could easily shut my eyes, say, "Nope, I'm not doing this today," neglect my kids, neglect my house, neglect my responsibilities. But I make the conscious effort to get up, change the baby, and get the ball rolling every day.

It's just how we do, folks. I put my all into everything. I'm committed.

In an effort to humorize (Blogger is telling me this isn't a word. I don't care) my career as a homemaker, here is my Letterman-style list of Top 10 Reasons I Choose to Stay at Home.

10. Flexible scheduling.

9. Candyland, trips to the park, coloring and "tickle time" are all part of the job description.

8. Unlimited pantry and fridge access.

7. No dress code. At all. Even nudity is acceptable (at times).

6. I can look at Facebook, check my e-mail and tweet without fear of being fired.

5. Commuting sucks. Been there, done that.

4. Staff meetings usually occur around the table, with food.

3. My employees are cute, funny, and highly entertaining.

2. No shortage of beds, couches and pillows.
And the number 1 reason I choose to stay at home can best be summed up by this quote, from Barbara Bush:  

"At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent .... Whatever the era, whatever the times, one thing will never change: fathers and mothers, if you have children, they must come first. You must read to your children, and you must hug your children, and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house."


  1. Well you just made this SAHM cry. Can I blame the hormones?

  2. Awesome! I agree. It's definitely a choice you make everyday. And I'm glad I make it. It's hard, but more rewarding than anything else I could ever do outside of my home.

  3. This is so cute. I love being a stay at home mom more than anything in the world, but darn it, it's hard! I think it would be harder to have to work and put my kids in daycare though. I would be worried about them all day, and I know I would absolutely hate it. Everyone who gets to make that choice to stay home with their kids, are lucky. Especially in these times. It's definitely not the easiest job, but it's the best job! :)

  4. I love you tons! Great post ♥

  5. My absolute favorite job is being a mommy. I love the summers when I feel like a SAHM, but I also love being a working mommy. Every day is good once I get home to my baby! :)

  6. And I might add that I stayed home and continue to do so because I loved to be bored to death. When I tried to read you books, I just fell asleep. (I'm sure you remember.) Plus, I could hardly wait to clean the toilets, wipe up throw that was "creamed" into the carpet, change a diaper that was "fully loaded", and cook a dinner that no one really liked. (I'm a pretty good cook now though.) I love your top ten reasons, however, looking back for the last 24 years I'm so thrilled that I decided to be a stay-at-home mom and render my services on a second to second basis for my entire family. Love, Mom

  7. that quote from barbara bush is so great, and so true. i love reading about SAHM's who love what they do - such an inspiration.

  8. I LOVE this post, ditto..ditto...ditto! What a great quote too:)

  9. Well said my dear! Thanks for posting this. Loved every word. You're so wonderful :)


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