Approximately 10 minutes before I sat down to write this article, my husband came home to find me still in my pajamas, hair completely uncombed and rivaling Mufasa's mane, folding a load of laundry while the baby played (in only a diaper) next to me.
I will be the first to admit that a lot of stereotypes about moms, and stay-at-home moms in general, are 100% absolutely true. Stereotypes evolve for a reason.
But some of them?
Just aren't true, like a few of these common misconceptions about us stay-at-home mom types I am just a teensy bit tired of hearing:
1. We are all obsessed with Target
Truth be told, I think I've gone to Target once in the past five years. I mean, would I probably go there more often should the nearest store be a little closer to me than 30 miles away? Most likely. But do I spend every waking moment pining for Target to envelope me in its loving-yet-backstabbing arms? No.
Call me crazy but I'm not even excited about the fact that one Target plans to install a bar within its aisles of gorgeous home decor and overpriced workout attire. I mean, what would I do? Drink a bottle of wine with my kids in my cart and then go sleep it off on that Pinterest-worthy pillow?
2. We don't shower
I mean, really people, can we let this one die a hasty and unhygienic death? I don't care how horrific your children have been all day (and trust me, I've been there), taking a shower takes 5 minutes and it's really not something to brag about not doing, you know what I'm saying?
3. We live for coffee
OK, so some stereotypes are true. For good reason, obviously.
Look, I can guarantee you that no mother genuinely spends time and precious energy just contemplating how much we hate the "other" side.
4. We wear yoga pants 24/7.
Excuse moi, but some of us have discovered that wearing "athletic wear" such as leggings in cute prints or cropped running pants actually 1. Makes it look you are working out after school drop-off and 2. May just inspire you to actually work out after school drop-off. I am so above yoga pants these days.
5. We are pretty much miserable
I'm not going to lie to you. Some days, like most of today, are kind of miserable. It was just one of those days when everyone was pooping non-stop, toilets got clogged, naps got refused, people were breaking down in tears (myself included), fights were breaking out, work was piling up and I just felt like I couldn't do it one.more.second.
But luckily, those days are not every day for stay-at-home moms. On the whole, it can be a pretty sweet gig and as hard as it can be some moments, the good ones by far outweigh the tough spots.
6. We secretly hate each other
Look, I can guarantee you that no mother genuinely spends time and precious energy just contemplating how much we hate the "other" side. There are pros and cons to every type of situation and luckily for the human race, no two individuals are exactly alike, so we're all pretty well aware that what works for some may not work for others—and sometimes, the whole matter is out of our hands anyways.
I will even go so far to say that if you are finding yourself burning with envy on a regular basis for one "side" or the other, to give yourself a moment to explore what that judgement is trying to tell you. Maybe you just need a break or to reevaluate your own working position.
I get it's important and all that jazz, but as a wise woman once said, it's pretty much inevitable that despite how many energy we emit discussing the topic of breastfeeding and assuming that moms are either rubbing their sanctimonious boobies in other people's faces or despairing that breastfeeding didn't work for them, it's simply a matter of time before all of our kids are eating stale french fries from the backseat of the car anyways.
Like I said, some stereotypes are true for a reason.