Being a stay at home mom comes with plenty of wonderful perks and craziness. You get to spend more time with your loved ones, run a flexible schedule and don’t have annoying coworkers talking about their stupid kale salad. But just like most things in life, there are downsides that come along with this cuddly gig. Downsides that turn you into a crazy person!
8 Ways Being a Stay at Home Mom Turns You Into a Crazy Person
Crazy Baby Talk, Anyone?
Being a stay at home mom means most of your communication with other humans relies solely on your little ones. Yes, interaction with your kids is very precious, but having it be the ONLY interaction you have ..ehhhh get ready to go cuckoo!!! You can only say don’t stick that in your mouth, don’t touch that, don’t eat that, so many times without actually feeling like you are the definition of insanity.
Going Crazy Always Cleaning
Being a SAHM means cleaning, a lot! Face it, your little munchkins are little monsters. It doesn’t matter if you have 1 or 4, they leave a mess anywhere their cute butt touches. You spend half the day cleaning one side of the house to see your son dragged cheerios on the other side. To where you then step on them and drag it to the clean side of the house! You feel like you are in a never-ending mess inside a black hole.
Stay at Home Mom Cabin Fever
As a SAHM you go on walks and take trips to the store for some dino nuggets, but 99 percent of the time you are stuck at home. Handling little ones is so much easier to do with their toys, their bed, and your glass of wine nearby. Cabin fever eventually kicks in and before you know it you start suspecting your overly good looking neighbors are Russian spies!
The Never-Ending Shift
♪ Work work work work ♪, no I am not singing the Rihanna song for fun. It is a mother’s anthem! It doesn’t matter if it is 2am or 2pm, you are up and on the job. Have a cold? sprained ankle? hangover? a toothache? Who cares!! You are a momma and a superhero which means no breaks. Which means no timeouts. You are the human example of the energizer bunny except you run on 3 pots of coffee and grannie panties instead of aa batteries.
You Look Like a Crazy Person
Is that chocolate or poop on your shirt? Did you wash your hair this week? Are you still wearing your PJs from the night before? When you do not technically have to appear in public there is no need to put your effort into looking like you do. The combination of running around, kids, errands and lack of sleep makes you look like one sexy beast… And what I mean by a sexy beast is a crazy person!!!
Talking to Yourself Like a Crazy Person
When you are home all day it is not just your kids you talk to but that other person you hear the name of all day long, MOMMYYY! Your baby can’t help you find your keys or tell you if you remembered to take the laundry out of the dryer. It is all you! “Crap where did mommy leave her jacket. Mommy needs to lay on the couch, Mommy needs to rest, Mommy needs”….. You know you have officially lost it when you talk out loud to yourself in the third person!
Bored As Heck Like A Crazy Person
As a Stay at home mom, there is only so much you can do to keep yourself entertained when you are stuck at home. It is the same routine day after day giving the term bored a whole new meaning. On your downtime, you start organizing weird things and order delivery just to chat with the delivery driver!
Stay At Home Moms Juggle Too Much
Within a span of 10 minutes, you have to feed your kids, answer emails, and mop the kitchen floor. Being a wife, a mother, even a freakin good samaritan takes energy. Without recognition, appreciation and some time off even Martha Stewart would lose her marbles.
Well there you go, reasons why being a stay at home makes you a crazy person!
What did I miss? Let me know what makes you feel like a crazy person!
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Its so worth it, though, isn’t it? I’m a SAHM too, and while my sanity shipped long ago, I feel like it would be impossible for me to not be at home.
It is very worth it!!! 🙂
My biggest drawback is being sooo bored. And I loved your comment about organizing weird things. Totally me lately. Not to mention I feel I walk like I’m walking on a track between my kitchen and living room because I’m desperately searching for more weird organizing. Then All I want is for him to be awake and then when he is….I’m complaining to myself that I just want to rest! Hence leaving me also crazy!
haha I know we are in such a rush for nap time but then we get bored when they sleep too long. It is just not fair! 🙂
I found myself smiling all the way through this – I tend to find most of it applies to anybody with a family (or at least anybody that involves themselves in family life) – the endless round of chores, meals, washing clothes, washing up, after school clubs, and so on – slowly but surely drives you mad.
It has only been 1 year for me so I guess I have many more years to add to the madness haha 🙂
The never ending shift is SO real lol. I count down the seconds until my husband walks through that door! haha
I am a single mom so I don’t have that husband but ohhhh how I wish I had someone to take over! 🙂
These are all so true ❤️
Glad you can relate! 🙂
I love this! I’m not a SAHM but a lot of them apply to mothers in general and I definitely have a lot of respect for you SAHM’s!
Yeah no type of mom job is easy that is for sure! 🙂 And thank you!
Ahhh the never ending shift. This has been the biggest thing I’ve been trying to get my husband to understand. He gets to clock out and come home while I’m still going, and going, and going…
I hear ya! I am a single mom so I do not have a husband to yell at haha 🙂
I feel all of this. I didn’t even realize half the things you brought up! HA, so thank you for the awareness
haha you are very much welcome! 🙂
As a working mom, I always love hearing from stay at home moms! It’s so crazy how no matter which option you choose, there’s pros and cons! There’s no one PERFECT way to tackle this. Thanks for sharing your side of things! I’m sharing an article on Mom Guilt next week and I’d love for you check it out at https://gritandgraceblog.com/
amazing I will check it out! 🙂
I’m still 7 months away from going back to work but I am dreading it! I’ve waited so long for my baby and I don’t know how I can go back to work and let someone else to take care of him. I don’t know where I’m good at, so I can work from home 🙁
Aww I am sure you can figure it out! 🙂 You have plenty of time 🙂
Sometimes as a fulltime mom you need your free time and than after getting mommy time you wont be irritated with your kids
Totally agree!! 🙂
All valid points! Stay at home mom of three kids five and under here so I am definitely a little crazy. I have found that going out with my mom friends for dinner and drinks once or twice a month really takes the edge off.
Aww I totally agree!! 🙂
This is a great, true and funny post!
thank you! glad you enjoyed reading it 🙂
I relate so hard! My son is in the hardest part of separation anxiety and I’m losing my. damn. mind. It also drives me crazy doing stuff all day (because I honestly never have time to be bored), but some friends and family imply I’m lazy or just sitting around. I just want to make them watch a video of my day and be like, “do you see?” 😆
Lol!! This is too funny. I can definitely relate to every single thing on this list, especially the talking to myself and using baby talk too much 😂
I agree with all of these. Staying at home mom is probably the craziest you’ll ever be but I’ve got to say it’s the most fulfilling job you’ll ever take on.
Chocolate or poop… been there before! 😂💩
Oh my god the cleaning!!!!! I can’t stand it, I feel like I’m ALWAYS cleaning! Does it ever end??? Lol
Fun post, thanks for sharing!
lol tell me about it . I am a stay at home mom for 10 yeas. HAlf crazy already
It’s so true, I’m always cleaning something! So worth it though to have these moments with our little ones.
Lots of truth here, but it’s oh-so-worth-it!
Oh that cabin fever is SO real for sure!!
This is totally me during quarantine!! This is so clever 🙂
The never having a moment to myself some days. THAT is what makes me crazy. Oh and being on-duty the moment my feet hit the floor in the morning (can’t I puh-leez get dressed, go to the jon, and drink some coffee first???)
I am definitely feeling the juggling too much and, oh yes, talking to myself!
It definitely the never ending shift perspective that can get to me! You are always on with no down time! Preschool was good for all of us, but now we are back home again!
I defiantly have been bitten by the “juggling too much” bug! Even in this time of quarantine, I find myself trying to do it all…clean closets, drop off surprise goodies to friends, develop and implement educational learning opportunities for my daughter, reach out via email, snail mail and virtual chats to family and friends, post on my blog daily, get moving. It’s not a bad thing as long as I remind myself that I can’t accomplish everything in a single day and that its ok if something doesn’t get done.
To be fair, I talked to myself before I was a SAHM! Ha
With the quarantine, I am a SAHM all the sudden. Yesterday I organized the tea boxes in our pantry. So yeah, really feeling this post right about now.
Oh my goodness SO true, I relate to ALL of this a little too well LOL. But ultimately cleaning my house is the biggest one!! I feel like my kids are always 1 step ahead of me with the messes!
When I was a SAHM I lived in a tiny rural town and there was nothing to do to keep us busy.
I think we alla agree, you are so true!!!
We all agree, you are so true!!!
Omg, the never-ending cleaning 😬. And as soon as they finish with one meal they are hungry again.
This is spot on! I’m a stay at home mom and love it but the cabin fever and talking to myself is real! Lol I feel like the cleaning is never ending!
Haha, so true!!
This is so on point. As a single momma its even harder but i wouldnt trade it for anything in the world.
This is such a fun list! I definitely got the stay at home cabin fever when I had my first child. Now, we just never stay at home! LOL!
The never ending shift is so real! I’m a SAHM with a partner that works offshore for 3 weeks at a time. Chuck in a pandemic so I can’t get much help from family and I am well and truly crazy with a side of exhausted
I’m a stay at home mom and sometimes it really frustrates me
I love this 👍
Oh wow, I can relate to almost every point here! 😄