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Which Is Harder: Being A Stay-At-Home Parent or A Working Parent?

Updated on March 19, 2013


Having done both, I would say being a stay-at-home parent is harder (though SO worth it!).

Here's the thing.

Stay-at-home parents:

- Are always "on", answering a million questions all day long (there's no down-time for the brain!)

- Don't get sick/vacation days

-Don't get to play hooky.

-People seem to think that you actually have time to cook and clean every day just because you're home with the kids!

Although I love what I do, sometime it's nice to have a conversation with someone who's over three-and-a-half feet tall and that doesn't resort to whining or tantrums when you can't read their mind!

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Which Is Harder: Being A Stay-At-Home Parent or A Working Parent?

Case In Point:

I just created this lens earlier today. My husband is, as I write this, on his way home from work because he's so sick. I've been struggling today because I'm sick and both kiddos (ages 1 and 4) are sick.

His sick (vomiting) trumps my sick (exhaustion and general cold stuff), so I'm still on the job.

Let me just say, for the record, that my husband is great with the kids, and helps out whenever he can. If this had been a weekend where he was feeling fine, I would have hung up my mom hat and crawled into bed for a little bit and he would have been fine with the kids. That doesn't help me today, of course!

I'd love to hear it!

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    • jordanmilesbask profile image

      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      This is a great topic...I guessed its hard when the family are sick and your sick as well because you still have to take care of them no matter what!

      Great lens!

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      amorarchy 6 years ago

      I love your point JoyfulPamela, I feel so blessed to be able to stay home and help other parent do the same! And to think of the benefits for our children, the stability and stong bond needed for their good development, it's worth it...


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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      As a mom who has done both, it's a hard call. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. I would much rather be with my babies though even on those insane days! :)

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      lakern26 lm 7 years ago

      This is a very good topic for a lens. There are valid arguments on both sides and pros and cons of each. As to the perks of working outside the home, though, I say this: In addition to my two boys, I also have my nephew during the day ... and on days when his parents are sick ... and usually when they take a vacation day as well. Believe me, I hear what you're saying!

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      Good question about a timely issue - 5 stars ~claudia