Most of the moms I meet sty at home with their kids. If possible, it’s usually very beneficial for a special needs child to have a parent with the time to handle about 10 million things.
Working towards goals at home that foster independence
Activities that are both entertaining and beneficial
Hours of doing your own research so you’ll be well-versed enough to ask the right questions and make the right decisions
Preparing for every aspect of the future
Food (maybe even special diet a or restrictions)
Taking care of them if they’re sick
And those are just the tasks I thought of in about 3 minutes.
I talk with many mothers who had no intention of staying at home. Moms like me with degrees and careers that had to suddenly stop. You go to school for years, get that job, know who you are and then BAM. None of that degree matters. Graduated with honors? No point. Made a great paycheck? It’s gone. Those positive performance evaluations? Nope. It all means nothing. You did all that - for nothing.
Why? Because you are a stay at home mother.
We are so busy trying to fight stereotypes for our children we don’t have time to fight the stereotype we have. People actually think we have it made. Days not having to do much, binge watching Netflix shows and more than enough time to cook and clean.
That. Is. Complete. BS.
I’ve never come across an article that explains this life changing situation as well as the following post by Karen Schravemade in her blog, A House Full of Sunshine:
VANISHING ACTS: FOR THE STAY-HOME MUM WHO FEELS INVISIBLE
Read it, bookmark it to read again later, and pass it along to the other moms you meet that feel the exact same way.
We are important
We have value
Keep that damn chin up,