It’s the first Thursday of the month, and that means it’s time for another round of “What not to say…” This time we’re looking at stay-at-home moms. And since I have no expertise in that area, I turned to my friend Jennifer Hale to give us some pointers.
Stay-at-home moms (henceforth referred to as SAHMs) are a unique bunch. Weâ€™re a sisterhood. Although we donâ€™t have traveling pants, most of us do travel. A lot.
We travel from one activity to another with rarely any downtime.
Weâ€™re busy. Weâ€™re often tired. Weâ€™re sometimes covered in mystery substances and are seen quite often in exercise clothes when weâ€™re out in public, even though we havenâ€™t found the time in the day to exercise.
Many SAHMs appear that way. But there exists a small slice, myself included, who try to overcome the â€œstigmaâ€ of the haphazard, thrown together SAHM by appearing in public with makeup and combed hair. (Shocking, I know.) We expect our children to be well-behaved, we donâ€™t complain (too much) about lack of sleep, and we donâ€™t break down in tears whenever someone asks how we are.
For the most part, SAHMs are a strong bunch. Weâ€™re calm. Weâ€™re determined. Weâ€™re organized and intelligent. We have to be.
And yet, we are often misunderstood. And just like any situation where misunderstanding can present its ugly head, sometimes folks just needs a little help in knowing what to say. (more…)