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Day in the Life of a Stay-At-Home-Mom

by Peryl Manning
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6:15 a.m. Wake up to “Mommy? Mommmmmmy?” Put pillow over head. Prepare to play “Who can pretend to be asleep the longest?” with spouse.

6:30 a.m. Wake up to “Mommy, mommy, mommy!!! Come get me right now!!” (in stereo). Spouse rocks at this game.

7:00 a.m. Kids beg for pancakes. Make pancakes. Two-year old gets pancake batter on the table, the floor, his hair, and the VCR (yes, we still have a VCR. We’re retro). Kids refuse to eat pancakes.

7:30 a.m. Two-year old drags kitchen stool over to microwave. Attempts to microwave brother’s fire truck. Four-year retaliates by driving fire truck over his brother’s and, inexplicably, my toes. We all cry.

8:00 a.m. Watch Bob the Builder and eat marshmallows. Breakfast accomplished.

8:30 a.m. How is it possible that it’s only 8:30? Try to convince kids they are ready for an early nap. Fail. Do 18 loads of laundry.

10:00 a.m. Construct six-foot rocket ship out of nothing but cardboard and tinfoil.

10:30 a.m. Conduct brief, heated argument with four-year old about wing placement on rocket-ship, until I remember he is four. And it is his rocket-ship. And it’s made out of tin-foil.

12:00 p.m. Lunch. Two-year old eats a grilled cheese sandwich and eight pieces of watermelon. Four-year old eats a cheez-it.

12:30 p.m. Naptime. ‘Naptime’ is a term that loosely translates as 45 minutes of listening to “Mommy, I’m awake, mommy I’m awake, mommy come get me, mommy I’m awake,” sung to the tune of Farmer in the Dell.

2:30 p.m. Decide to paint rocket-ship. Collect smocks, drop cloth, paints, bowls, brushes, water, paper, wipes, and extra-strength Tylenol.

2:45 p.m. Comfort two-year old who doesn’t like paint on his hands, but loves putting his hands in paint.

3:30 p.m. Wipe floor that is covered in paint despite the drop-cloth, strip off children’s clothes covered in paint despite the smocks. Do 12 more loads of laundry.

3:45 p.m. Run bath. Four-year old refuses to get in bath.

4:00 p.m. Four-year old refuses to get out of bath.

4:30 p.m. Attempt to go to park. Spend half an hour looking for keys. Abandon search for keys. Watch Bob the Builder and eat marshmallows.

6:00 p.m. Cook dinner. Find keys in microwave. Two-year old eats entire pot of mac and cheese. Four-year old eats a grape.

7:00 p.m. Wrestle kids into pajamas, attempt to brush teeth in little mouths that are somehow simultaneously clamped shut and yet still screaming grievously. Read forty-four books. Sing thirty-seven songs.

8:00 p.m. Quietly close bedroom doors. Exhale.

8:15 pm. Collect starving four-year old from bedroom. Make him waffles.

9:00 p.m. Reflect on the nature of child-rearing, and how it has made me a wiser, stronger…just kidding. Drink extra large glass of wine and go to bed.

Peryl Manning is a freelance writer and stay-at-home-mother to two small boys. She juggles her home and her boys, her writing and her volunteer work with varying degrees of success, and is convinced of only one certainty: Parenting is really, really challenging. She blogs for the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

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this is so true then yr other half gets up and asks what you've been doing all day !!!

My day is somewhat similar, except that with a 10 month old it doesn't end at 9pm!

Love it! Sounds like my day. :)

You hit it right on the nail. I loved life as a stay-at-home-mom. Life always seems greener on the other side though. Now my day is so different adding work into the mix. There are pros and cons to both, but honestly I would take my SAHM life back any day.

That is so hilarious (and accurate)!! My daughter still does the eat-1-cheeze it-I'm-hungry-at-bed-time thing (she's 8 and I haven't been bale to pin her down and just shove food down her throat).

Good to know you've got your sense of humor in tact!


Do we live in the same house? lol.

I love this! Reminds me of my life and lets me know that I'm normal! Good job Peryl!

Emmi from FFF @ MBC

Made me smile :)

Hilarious. Laughing out loud.

OMG...Peryl, have you been videotaping my life????LOL WE have the exact same is that possible!!! Absolutely love this post.Very entertaining but yet, oh so true for us Mommies with kiddos this age....hopefully, not for Mom's with older children.NAhnahnahaah..I can't hear you. I don't want to know...

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Brilliant! Thank you for your humour. I am a stay at home mom 5 days a week with just one child, so I tip my hat to mom's with 2 or more as I know how challenging just 1 can be!

What a great article! So funny and so easy to relate too. Thank you!

Not only am I a pregnant mom of a 4 yr old but I work from home. Daycare provider. I do this all day everyday for 6 kids. I love it. So funny!

Giggling and crying at the same time :)

Awesome! How did you get my 4-yr-old over there?

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