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Ten Things Never to Say to a Stay-at-Home Mom

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Ten Things Never to Say to a Stay-at-Home Mom

While we’re on our East Coast Family Summer Visit Tour (filled with almost as many screams and fainting fans as Bieber’s “Believe” tour… almost), I am re-publishing this list that originally appeared on The Laughing Stork in February 2011.  It was one I was asked to write for Redbook, one that sparked a “spirited” discussion in the comments section.  It also caught the attention of Kathie Lee, who attempted to read my list on the Today show in the midst of her five-Merlot breakfast.

So here it is, the now-infamous list that was inspired by feedback from my mom and other fabulous stay-at-home moms…

Top 10 Things Never to Say to a Stay-at-Home Mom

  1. When the kids are older, do you think you’ll get a real job?
  2. How June Cleaver of you!
  3. Oh, so you don’t work?
  4. Since you have extra time on your hands, could you whip up a few dozen brownies for the bake sale tomorrow?
  5. All day with your kids? I can’t even imagine.
  6. I’m jealous. I wish my husband were rich so I wouldn’t have to work either.
  7. So what do you do all day, anyway?
  8. Don’t worry; I’m sure you’re not the only one who’s ever wasted money on a college degree.
  9. That explains why your son is so clingy!
  10. Weird. I assumed your house would be super clean.

Feel free to vent/chime in with your own zingers in the comments section.

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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