40 Reasons Why Being A Stay-At-Home Mom is Harder Than Going to Work

By Shannon

There is a misconception that being a stay at home mom (or dad) is an easy job. For people who have never done it before, they imagine staying at home all day in your pajamas, drinking coffee, and watching TV while you have fun playing with your baby. The reality is that being a stay-at-home parent is far from an easy, or glamorous job. It is incredibly hard work, and many parents say that they had an easier time staying at their career. Here are 40 reasons why it may even be more difficult than going to work full-time.

New parents do not get a lot of sleep. Credit: Shutterstock

40. It Is Physically Exhausting

Babies don’t care if you need 8 hours of sleep every night in order to function. They will often scream and cry in the middle of the night, sometimes hours at a time. Sure, the father can get up to change a diaper, but if the baby is breastfeeding, the responsibility always goes to the mom. This means that by the next morning, the mother is physically exhausted, but she has no choice but to continue doing her daily duties as a mother. Doing this one or two days to pull an all-nighter at work or school might not be so bad, but imagine this becoming the new norm. A lack of sleep can wear someone down over time.