Tell the truth: Are you happy being a stay-at-home mom?

Before giving birth to my first child, I was completely convinced that I wanted to stay home with her. It made me really sad to think that I would have to leave my baby at a daycare or in the care of someone else. Luckily, I was able to be a SAHM for the first two and a half years of her life. Even so, I was never exclusively a stay-at-home-mom. I mean, besides taking care of my daughter full time, I always had some kind of project going on the side and I'm pretty convinced it's the reason why I didn't go crazy or became depressed. 

Well, according to a new Gallup survey, moms who stay at home with young kids are more likely to feel sad or angry than moms who work outside the home.  


In fact, stay-at-home moms are also more likely to report that they've been diagnosed with depression more than moms who work outside the home. I'm not surprised because being a SAHM is the hardest job I've ever done. Seriously. 

As I already said, the only reason I survived it is because I was always doing something else in addition to being a mom. Thus, I'm truly in awe of those moms capable of taking care of their children exclusively because I really don't know how they do it. 

And yet, I have to admit that it makes me super sad to see that, at least according to the survey, so many stay-at-home moms are so depressed. I'm no expert, but what I do know is that it's always been super important for me to carry out my role as a mom, but it's also imperative that to honor my role as Roxana A. Soto. And I'm convinced that this is what saved me the years I chose to stay home with my daughter. 

What do you think of the survey? Are you truly happy as a SAHM?

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Topics: on parenting  child rearing  working mom  mommy wars


on May 24, 2012 at 12:18 AM

I have been severely depressed on and off since I was 12!!! So staying at home with my son it doesn't surprise me that I have phases of depression. I LOVE being a SAHM!!! It makes me happy that I know how my son is being raised. I wouldn't have it any other way! :) Staying at home with your child is DEFINITELY not for everyone, or most at that. 

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on May 24, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Being a SAHM is certainly challenging, but I agree that one of the keys to maintaining a balanced sense of mental and emotional stability is to have other things to do as well, either with or without the children. Some alone mommy time or some play dates to get together with other moms while the kids play are always a good way to keep a social connection.


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