* This post is meant to be humorous and good-natured. I would not take offense to any of these phrases, and I’m sure I myself have been guilty of them as well at times.
1. You look tired.
Ok, it may be true, but does it really need to be said? That’s like going up to someone and saying “you look fat” or “that’s a really ugly hairstyle”. Even if it’s true, etiquette tells us not to say anything.
2. I’m so glad it’s not me!
Ok, #rude. Especially when said in front of my kids. My children may be loud and crazy and rambunctious and drive me crazy, but they are also incredibly loving, forgiving, funny, and entertaining. On second thought, you’re right. I’m glad it’s me and not you, too
3. You have your hands full.
Well, thank you Captain Obvious. I hadn’t noticed the baby and toddler on each hip and the preschooler attached to my leg. Thank you for pointing this out to me. Ok, in all fairness, I know that this can often be said as a joke. But what you don’t understand is I have heard this same joke literally 50 times. Today. It’s not funny and it’s not original.
4. How do you do it?
Umm…what?? This one, although I know it’s just stemmed from curiosity, always confuses me. How do I take care of my children each day? I suspect just like millions of women before me and no doubt millions after: I do it because there simply is no other choice. No matter how I feel or what’s going on, there are three little humans that depend on me for virtually everything. Some days I’m a SuperMom, most days we just skate by, but every day their basic needs are met and they feel safe and loved. And that’s all that really matters.
But here’s a secret as to how I manage: afternoon naps for the kids, and a stash of chocolate hidden in the pantry for mom.
5. What do you do all day?
Honestly? I have no idea!! Which is why I think I really dislike this question. I cook and clean and wipe up spills; discipline, correct, play, break up fights; kiss boo-boos and snuggle sleepy kids. And at the end of it all the house is a mess, the kids are fighting like cats and dogs, and I literally can’t think of one thing that was actually productive that day. And then I get up and do it all over again the next day.
Wondering what a SAHM really wants to hear?