I should start by explaining most of my mom friends work outside the home or from home now, and they’re killing it! Not only do they impress me with their strength and skills, they’re also showing their kiddos what ambition looks like, and I’m so inspired by all they manage to juggle and achieve. 

The point is, all of us mamas have some big things in commonwe all love our kiddos something fierce, we all do what needs to be done to take care of our families, and we all work around the clock.

But my stay-at-home mom routine looks different and yields a different kind of payout than my working mom friends take home. 

And it’s a little difficult to explain without coming off like we’re comparing our hard or complaining, but it’s a different kind of workload.

Other stay-at-home moms get it.

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Other stay-at-home moms struggle with the same longing for adult interaction and for some appreciation for all the things we do that seem unseen.

Other stay-at-home moms are spending the money and often managing the finances and realizing we’re not contributing a paycheck of our own. 

Other stay-at-home moms understand how it feels to work hard every day and still be skipped over when a relative brags on the successes of the professionals in the family.

Other stay-at-home moms are desperate for mamas to connect with and relate to and bring our kiddos together for a change of scenery and half-a-day of play.

Other stay-at-home moms are so good at hosting our kids and giving breaks and making meals to help someone else in a time of need.

Other stay-at-home moms will tell you our days feel ordinary and loud and draining, but we’re stretched in the best possible ways and know how blessed we really are to get to do the work we do. 

And I’m so very grateful for these mamas who’ve poured such encouragement into my life and given me breaks and have loved on my babes like their own.

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My days are so much better.

My kids are so much happier.

And my life feels a bit more manageable . . . 

By simply doing life with my squad of stay-at-home moms. 

Jaclyn Warren

Stay-at-home mommy of four on mission to encourage parents to savor the meaningful in the midst of the messy. Take your 15 minutes; it’s your turn for timeout. You can find her at www.mommys15minutes.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Mommys15Minutes-543229312706302/.