A lot of people get the wrong idea about being a stay at home parent and some people think that it’s an easy ride. You get to stay at home all day and play with the kids while your partner goes out to work, what could be easier than that? But in reality, being a stay at home parent is just as difficult, if not more difficult than working full-time. These are just some of the reasons that being a stay at home parent is way harder than it looks.
It Can Get Lonely
This isn’t something that people really consider because you’re not alone when you’re a stay at home parent, you’re with the kids all day. But as much as you love them, interacting with kids all day isn’t a substitute for socializing with people of your own age. All adults need to interact with other adults and as a stay at home parent, you don’t get that many opportunities to do that. When you go days without really interacting with other adults, it’s very easy to get lonely and a lot of parents find that it’s a big problem for them. That’s why it’s important that you try to reach out to other stay at home parents and meet up with them regularly so you can still have an active social life and you don’t feel isolated and lonely.
You Don’t Have Set Working Hours
When you go out to work, you arrive at the office in the morning, do your hours for the day, and then leave. When you get home, you can forget all about it until the next day. But when you’re a stay at home parent, you don’t get that luxury, you’re always on the clock. Even though your partner will take over some of the childcare responsibilities when they get home, you’re still constantly looking after the kids, you don’t often get the chance to switch off. That can easily lead to high stress levels which is not good for you, so you need to find ways to take a break every now and again. Having a friend or family member look after the kids for the night so you can go out and enjoy yourself is very important. It’s good for you and your partner as well because you need quality time together if you are going to keep your relationship healthy.
It Can Impact Your Health
As a stay at home parent, your priority is making sure that the kids have everything that they need and they’re healthy, but what about you? Stay at home parents work hard all day long and often, they don’t really take care of themselves that well, which can lead to health problems. Mental health issues are also fairly common in stay at home parents, partly due to things like loneliness and also from stress. That’s why self-care as a mom is so important. You need to make sure that you’re living a fairly active lifestyle and trying to exercise if possible. Eating a healthy diet is vital as well, so make sure that you’re making healthy food for yourself as well as for the kids. Sleep patterns have a big impact on your health too, so you need to make sure that you’re getting a good night’s sleep where possible, although that can be tough when you’ve got young children. If you don’t pay enough attention to your health and your lifestyle, it’s likely that you’ll start to develop health problems.
There Is A Stigma Around It
The stigma around being a stay at home parent and the misconceptions that people have can have a big impact on your mental health. People don’t always mean to do it, but they will often talk about stay at home parents as if they have it easy compared to their partner that is out at work. Even if it isn’t intentional, this can have a big impact on your self-esteem and it’s difficult if you feel that people don’t respect all of the hard work that you do. Unfortunately, this is just something that you have to deal with sometimes and you can’t always change people’s minds. The important thing is to remember that you do work hard and you shouldn’t let other people’s false judgments impact the way that you feel about yourself. It’s also useful to speak to people about what a typical day looks like for you because often, they simply don’t realize how much work you put in.
Being a stay at home parent isn’t as easy as people might think, in fact, it can be a lot harder than going out to work every day.