The Top Ten Reasons Why Staying Home is Hard

By Sarah Fader

There is no doubt that holding a full time job is hard work. However, it is just as hard (if not harder) to stay home with your child. Here are my top ten reasons why staying home is hard.

10. Your “boss” refuses to let you take a sick day, ever.

9. You are not allowed to take a bathroom break lasting more than 60 seconds and sometimes you are even accompanied by a “chaperone” when you use the facilities.

8. Despite your efforts to please your “boss,” sometimes your hard work is literally thrown on the floor.

7. You are asked to do things beyond your job description, including drawing upside-down.

6. Often the “boss” screams at you for no apparent reason.

5. You are frequently interrupted mid-task to do something else.

4. Sometimes your “boss” engages in bizarre behavior including standing on the coffee table and
accepts nothing less than a hostage negotiation tactic to be talked down from said coffee table.

3. You are often not allowed to shower before work.

2. Your “boss” does not like to negotiate or compromise.

And the number one reason that staying home is hard:

1. Coffee “break?” I don’t think so!

Sarah Fader records anecdotes from her daily life at at Old School New School Mom. She also currently runs blog workshops for elementary school children in New York City and provides freelance transcription services for major television networks, in between running after a two year old.

11 Responses to The Top Ten Reasons Why Staying Home is Hard
  1. Jen
    September 15, 2010 | 12:59 am

    I love it and can relate to all of those! I’d love to see next week the top 10 reasons why it’s GREAT to stay home!

  2. Old School/New School Mom
    September 15, 2010 | 6:58 am

    While I can’t offer you THAT exactly, I can direct you to an article I wrote about why I CHOSE to stay home:


  3. Sarah R.
    September 15, 2010 | 10:43 am

    Love the list! I work at home 2 days/week and in the office 3 days/week. Each has its own set of challenges!

  4. Stephanie
    September 15, 2010 | 12:59 pm

    I do have to say, more and more I am complaining less about staying home, but this is all so true, and fun, and a blessing! 🙂


  5. Tammy
    September 15, 2010 | 2:50 pm

    But, imagine all those reasons PLUS a full-time job. Just sayin’.

  6. Anitra
    September 16, 2010 | 1:05 pm

    I have to remind myself almost daily that my two-year-old is NOT the boss (and neither is the new addition growing inside me).

    Being a stay-at-home parent is the job where you wake up already AT work and there is no such thing as a sick day (or even a coffee break, as noted in #1.)

  7. Mozi Esmes Mom
    September 20, 2010 | 3:23 am

    This is classic – and I can so relate! Though I work part-time (3 days/week), and I love the stay-at-home days best… The snuggles and sweetness are so much worth the tantrums and crankies.

  8. Linda Cramer
    September 20, 2010 | 4:21 pm

    Nice Job, Sarah! Cute pics and a wonderful list. I agree with Jen, I’d like another list of top 10s for staying home….I can think of so many.

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