Stay-at-Home Parents

Parenting full-time is one of the most demanding and rewarding jobs there is. You'll share every moment with your child and help them every step of the way.

Talk to other stay at home parents and get advice on everything from activities for kids to daily routines to taking time for yourself.

My husband doesn't understand me.

I'm a SAHM and he works full time. I ask him to do something simple (well not that simple for him) like give our 2 year old a bath and he says no, I didn't give him enough notice. When I ask him to please sweep the living room floor instead, while I do the bath (thinking this will save some time and we can both get to bed at the same time after my son goes to bed) he says he will sweep ... More

  • Mimi
    Yesterday

    I can't understand how anybody thinks being a stay at home mom is "not a real job", or that it's somehow an easy job. I work full time and when I was on maternity leave or anytime I had the chance to take a few days off to spend time alone with my son, it was so much more work than what I actually do at work. At work, I can take breaks, go to the bathroom by myself, rely on se... More

  • Tara
    5h ago

    Thank you for the support, and validation @mimi and Kirsty

New part time stay at home mom with 3 month old

I returned to work when my daughter was 2 months old but have recently decided to work remotely part time in order to spend more time with her. She will still go to daycare half day while I work, but I want to make sure I am providing enough stimulation and activity for her when she is home with me. Any suggestions on activities for her age? Should I feel guilty about putting her in a sit me up... More

  • Marika
    Friday

    I don't think you have to worry. Everything is new for your little one so just everyday life will be plenty of stimulation. Closeness, comfort lots of talking and singing were things I did during that time and lots of baby wearing and for strength tummy and laying on back time on activity mats. I did avoid putting them in sitting structures since a baby chiropractor emphasised during my pr... More

Equality for dads

I love my daughter and I love being a stay at home dad, but I have had enough of this country's lack of support for men as parents. I'm angry and frustrated because there seems to be no accommodations for fathers in America, whether it's with parental leave after birth, society's stigma for stay at home dads, or even something as basic as having a changing table in men's re... More

  • Nicole
    Monday

    Still dont even have them in all womens restrooms, but signed.

  • Kymberly
    Tuesday

    I’m with you and they still aren’t always in woman’s restrooms it’s super frustrating

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Parents May 30

Stay at home parents, I salute you. So I am not a SAHM but I’ve been home the past few days while my 10 month old battles a pretty nasty cold. So anyway today was the worst, she was very hard to console and was sooo sick it just broke my heart, I spent 99% of the day holding her and rocking her while she napped and played with her whenever she was up for it. I think I ate a bowl of cold cerea... More

  • Anonymous
    Sunday

    My husband said that to me too..I told him "that's nice..you can relax with your daughter.." gave baby to him made no eye contact and walked away saying "thank you!"

  • Anonymous
    Monday

    Hahahahaha! I like that approach.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment May 30

Advise

Question for SAHP, how do you deal with your child when all they want is your undivided attention. He seldom wants to be left alone. Do you let them cry or tend to their every need? I'm a FTM...

  • Erin
    May 31

    Aw I just give her all my attention. No regrets and she’s securely attaching to a parent who values her !!!! No child left behind lol or rather, no feeling of abandonment on her tiny little heart

  • Ashley
    May 31

    I would try to find ways that you can play together but still get a little break. For example, put them in the high chair with some edible fingerpaint and start playing and let them take it from there. Then you can sit and take a minute for yourself while they play but still be involved. Or have them “help” with laundry by giving them a pile of socks to play with while you’re folding. It’s tota... More

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Moms May 30

Adjusting to SAHM life

While I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to stay at home with my baby (for however long - still figuring things out) I am struggling. From feeling isolated (not just from society but my friends who don’t understand my life), to feeling guilty every time we can’t afford something to feeling like I should be doing more more more and never acing one thing (or feeling like I am). Anyon... More

  • Megan
    May 30

    Is there a PEPS group in your area? Sometimes it’s nice to be in a room with people all going through the same thing as you. It’s a really weird time—just remember that this is just a phase of your life...it’s different, but what you are doing is important and can be a pretty amazing chapter in your life if you can find a way to embrace it.

Superdad posted in Fitness May 29

Balancing being a SAHD, training, and raising Super Boy.

Where my dads at?! Share your stories...

  • Superdad
    May 31

    To clarify. 50 grams of carbs a day. It’s tough but worth it! Good job Dan! 👍🏻💪🏻

  • Dan The Dad
    May 31

    Thanks man. Yeah I knew what you meant. It’s tough being an active SAHD but I have to stay fit to keep up with the this little ball of energy. 😂

Do other SAHPs just stay inside all summer because of the heat?

I just had my first baby two months ago and am staying at home with her, but I can’t take her out anywhere because my car gets too hot here in Texas during the summers. I’d like to take her grocery shopping or just to get out of the house but my car is too hot for us to return to. Sometimes I feel like it’s also too hot outside to stroll her around. Not sure what other moms do to get around thi... More

  • Dan The Dad
    Jun 01

    I live in Texas too and it is hot!! I usually cool the car off before we get in. Never thought about a fan. Purchasing today for our daily walks and trips to store. Thanks @Taylor L!

  • Khris
    Jun 04

    I can’t even imagine how hot it is in Texas! ☀️ We got through our 90-100 summer by staying indoors and keeping car rides short! 1. Indoor play places! Went often during the hottest month, was about $30 for a month membership. 2. Children’s museum! Was $50 for a year membership and we went very often. 3. Libraries. Free! 4. Mall play place. Free! 5. Water table / kiddie pool, endless fun.... More

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Moms May 16

SAHM and the transition to this lifestyle

What have you done to help cope with the adjustment from working adult life and your identity to transition to being a SAHM. I’m a new SAHM and I feel incredibly grateful and lucky that I can choose this life, even with the sacrifices it requires (financial, social, etc). I was surprised when I started experiencing embarrassment among my close friends (mothers) in trying to explain what I do al... More

  • Hannah
    May 16

    I think there is a common perception that SAHM don’t DO anything during the day except play with their kids. I wouldn’t feel any accountability to them to explain unless you genuinely want to. It’s an experience that is impossible to understand unless you go through it yourself, so making a list for them may not change their perception. There is also a chance that deep down, they wish they coul... More

  • Erin
    May 31

    I still work online!!!! Keeps me sane and I have a little income that can obviously turn into a full time but just doing it part time now

Hi stay-at-homers! Anyone here also provide in home care?

  • Ebonie
    May 12

    I do.

  • Erin
    May 31

    I want to do this !!! How did you get started ?

My baby is 7 months now and seems like everyone pulling me in a different direction whether it's to go get a job or stay home with him. My son very active and always wants to play so having him around other kids seems like a good thing but when it comes to me I'm not ready to go back in the work life I rather go to school but i just don't know what to do

  • JJ
    May 04

    Nobody else’s opinion matters but yours and your partners. Do what works best for you and your family. Everyone else can go blow it out their ditty bag.

  • Josie
    May 04

    It's easy: follow your guts!!if you want to stay, stay!!you won't regret it. I'm a stay at home mom and I'm loving it!!there's always time to return to work. People who have lived a lot never say "I should've worked more, they say: "I should've spend more time with my kids....So enjoy your baby!!

Alexa posted in Money Apr 29

I’m a stay at home mom looking for some type of small job I can do at home to help pay some bills. Any suggestions?

  • Cris
    Apr 29

    Poshmark

  • Jessie
    May 07

    H2O at Home is an amazing nationwide company that offers all natural organic cleaning products. It's a European company with excetionally high product standards. I've been an advisor with them for almost 2 years and it's changed my familys life. Not only financially, but also with the fact that I've removed toxic chemicals from my home, helping protect my family :) Let me know ... More

Any other Stay-at-Home dads here?

  • Dan The Dad
    Apr 30

    Yes, I’m here.

  • dadio
    May 03

    Thanks Superdad!! Needed to hear that. The little guy & I have some fun activities for sure. More and more as he gets older I’m sure.

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Apr 24

SAHM - my baby is 7mo. I currently have a really sore throat and feel achy and sick. Wondering how can I keep my baby entertained during the day while still being able to rest as much as possible? Thanks!

  • Joanna
    Apr 25

    We have an exersaucer/jumper. I second the completely baby proofed area. Cheap "new" toys... seriously loves taking out every tissue from a box. Recently got a bubble machine. Totally mesmerizing for my 9 month old and 4 yo.

  • Heather
    Apr 25

    You can’t!! Lol no, I’m joking. Agree w all the above statements

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Dads Apr 22

How do you deal with your husband being the stay at home parent while you work? What if you still are doing all the housework and the bills? He helps but isn’t consistent so it’s frustrating. What to do??? He is seeking permanent employment we have 1 child together and he has 2 from a previous relationship who live with us. I just want someone else to do the house work bc I’m tired boss!!

  • Dan The Dad
    Jun 03

    I agree with SuperDad. Same here. Well except cooking. I try but I stink. I am however a clean freak. 😀

  • Superdad
    Jun 03

    Where’re a Dying breed Dan.

Last August, my husband and I made the decision for me to stay at home with our (now) 15 month old son. At the time, my work hours and my husband’s travel schedule weren’t jiving, coupled with our son getting up in the night. I was also missing out on some serious time with our son. When I see neighbors and when we get together with friends, and their children, I’m often faced with the comme... More

  • Alisa
    Apr 22

    I kinda get it all the time..lol but when we had our son 8yrs ago...one parent stayed home for the first 2 yrs of his life(dad stayed home) and then mom and dad both started working and he went to daycare(it was alright, but he got injured really bad) and then we had our daughter..at that time both parents were working and I was only working 3-4 days a week and she was born premature(36weeks)..... More

  • Erin
    Apr 24

    Alisa your son got seriously injured at daycare?! How horrifying! Hope it was just an accident and not neglect/abuse on the part of the adults That’s my big fear

I’m a STAHM and I teach Zumba fitness dance classes in the evening when my husband comes home from work 3 days a week. My husband has weekends off and he absolutely hates being alone at the house. He’s had a fear of being alone since he was a kid. I understand this fear. However, I’m a always on the go Mom. I love running errands and my son always is with me. I’d love to run an errand or two by... More

  • Margarita
    Apr 07

    I feel the same way. I’m always staying home with our kids and my spouse will just run to the store. Regardless he gets to just get up and go. I never get to do that, it’s a whole process to get the kids together which are a 3 years boy and 3 month girl. Not a quite task, so I say how I need a break, I would like to go shopping by myself. Granted we’re working on this, before I would just get o... More

Anonymous posted in Family Life Apr 04

SAHM how are you managing everything? I got a baby, a terrible two toddler, a school aged kid and a old dog that needs to be walked every couple hours. Hubby is at work most of the time and has to work more once he is home. How do you guys manage cleaning, laundry that seems to have no end, cooking, school, after school activities, walking the dog, appointments and being there for your kids and... More

  • Kristin
    Apr 06

    Somehow we do it. I ask the same question! But then, when others ask me I have no answer. Somehow it works. Keeping your sanity is the hardest part. I feel like I'm losing it too sometimes. Force some time for yourself. Make sure your family and hubby understand that it is well deserved and necessary. I play indoor soccer once a week while the whole family is asleep to release some tension.... More

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