If you were to ask some women how they feel about stay-at-home motherhood, you might get a variety of answers.
However, one mom described all the “shenanigans” involved in staying at home with three children as painfully frustrating, at times.
In her blog, “The Wild, Wild West,” Charissa West chronicles her experiences as a stay-at-home mom who is currently raising three young boys ages 7, 4, and 2.
I usually do a great job keeping a straight face through the kids’ shenanigans, but that was not the case…
West told Dearly that she’s in a hard season as a stay-at-home mom, and believes many other women can relate to her experience. She said:
We had a hard day, and there were a series of hard days.
Recently in her blog post titled, “Sometimes Stay-at-Home Motherhood Feels Like Death by 1,000 Papercuts,” she recalls one of those challenging moments at home.
The mother of three loves her sons, but said like with any role or job, raising kids full-time can be extremely difficult. West wrote:
The thing is, there’s no one specific issue that’s making it particularly hard. There’s no looming physical illness, no pressing financial stress, no urgent marital crisis.
The ‘hard’ is more the sum of 1,000 little things.
More often than not, by dinner time each day, I feel completely spent. Not just tired — but completely exhausted. Wiped. Tapped out. Like I can’t take one more minute of this stay-at-home-motherhood gig.
When I try to explain to my husband why I feel this way, I feel a little ridiculous.
West said it’s the small mishaps that can often transpire in a 12-hour day that causes her to feel overwhelmed at times. She told Dearly:
I’m not saying that stay-at-home moms have it any harder than anyone else, but the job comes with its own unique challenges.
However, this doesn’t mean that the mom hates her job or kids or “shouldn’t have had them,” she just never imagined that so many “mind-numbingly frustrating shenanigans” could ensue in a single day.
For example, on the day her toddler peed on the couch, it triggered a series of unplanned events that led to even more household chaos. West wrote:
It’s that the pee on the couch came after I had dropped everything and rushed [my] toddler to the bathroom six times in a row, [after he insisted] that he needed to, ‘GO POTTY!!!’
It’s that all six of those potty-trips yielded nothing.
It’s that, while I was taking him to the potty, one of my other kids accidentally spilled a glass of milk.
It’s that the glass of milk spilled onto the dog and was now all in her fur.
It’s that, while I attempted to clean up the spill and the dog’s fur, the toddler peed on the couch.
Can we please talk about what a freak-show-train-wreck (Can I combine that into one? I think so.) this house was last…
West said that many moms who responded to her post could totally relate to her struggles.
For more about Charissa’s life as a stay-at-home mom visit her blog because as she says, “with three boys, anything goes.”