Daily Archives: May 4, 2011

Top 3 Rules for Stay at Home Parents

Last night was the beginning of me catching something.  You know how it gets when you get a sore throat and all of a sudden your whole body is aching and then the chills begin.  When I was lying in bed, these rules came to mind.

01. Don’t get sick…ever!

This is the first thing that I’ve learned from being a stay at home parent, and the most important rule. It is already a given that there is no lunch breaks, bathroom breaks, vacations, regularly scheduled “me” time, and of course no sick days.

If anyone really wants to know how hard it is to raise a child, try doing so when you can’t drag yourself out of bed and your toddler doesn’t under stand the difference between rest (for longer than 3 seconds) and play.

I dare anyone to try to take care of yourself and your spawn for a day when all you want to do is crawl in a fetus position and say: WHY?!

If you were unfortunate to never tended to yourself and a child while sick all I can say is: you are a lucky one indeed. But for te rest of us, you know where I’m coming from.

02. Patience is not just a virtue–its your friend.

My daughter is learning to string several words together to make sentences, but she only feels confident if she say it 10 times and grabs my head to force me to look at her each time.

Oh I know she wants to establish eye contact for confirmation, but how many times can my head be grabbed while walking with her in my arms?  How many times can I say, “Yes!  That’s correct!” without grinding my teeth?  Apparently, I can do this all day.

Some days I want to scream, but that’s not right because it doesn’t teach her anything. So because of this, I learned to breathe.

03. Rome wasn’t built-in a day, neither was your to-do list.

My never-ending to do list. If I was to unfurl my mental to-do list, it will be as tall as a 6 story building. Okay–exaggeration there, but you get the idea.

That list never shrinks. Always growing and no matter how hard we work on that list, more items will be added.  What’s the point?  Is it a means to always be busy?  I hope not, because if half the things on my list wasn’t necessary, I’ll scrap it right now.

But alas, I know the laundry has to be done, and the floors needs to be washed…again.

What are your top rules for stay at home parents?