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This Stay-at-Home Mother Wants You to Stop Thinking Her Life is Easy

posted: 04/13/17
by: MIkayla Baiocchi

Last week someone made a comment on my page and you know what, it upset me. It cut me pretty deep and while I do my best to remain positive - this hurt. It basically said 'I wish I got to stay at home all day and exercise with my child, instead I have to go to work and do WORK...' Work?! You think I don't WORK?! You think I sit at home all day and twiddle my thumbs? You think 2 x 22 month old toddlers just let me kick my feet up all day after I've done my morning workout? You think I'm beaming with energy as I grow a new baby and frantically do my best to keep up with twin boys that run rings around me?! Just to break it down... I exercise for 20-30 minutes a day. Sometimes stopping 20 times throughout to fetch toys, bring food, stop hair pulling, break up fights over toys and some days, stopping 2 minutes in because it just ain't happening that day! Other days we're so busy or the boys are so CLINGY / CRANKY (eg: this photo sums it up) the best workout I can get in is some squats, push ups and tricep dips while they eat or while we practice new words, counting to 10 or all the body parts we've learnt. I certainly DON'T spend all day exercising. My days are spent changing shitty nappies, dealing with tantrums, playing cars and trucks, making food that gets thrown on the floor before it's even tasted, walking the streets trying to get tired, grumpy children to nap, attempting to teach two little humans to SHARE instead of bite, pull hair, scratch or push each other, pushing swings, climbing up and down bloody forts that shouldn't even be in kids playgrounds because they are so damn unsafe, singing the alphabet, going for adventures to keep the bubs happy, vacuuming 3 times a day because of all that food that I worked so hard to cook wasn't even considered eating, oh and did I mention the constant battle of playing referee ALL day between two little cheeky monkeys that guess what DON'T 'just play happily and entertain each other all day!' For the record, TWINS don't do that!!! Maybe when they're older, yes! I hope so anyway ~ but for now, no - I literally for most of the part can't take my eyes off them! Cont. in comments ??

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To one Instagram user, Anna Strode's life of working out and taking care of her children seemed pretty easy.

When they left a comment about that, Strode responded why those words cut her "pretty deep."

The stay-at-home mother of twins who runs the account "Bubs2bikinis" wrote a lengthy explanation as to why life as a woman who stays home with her kids is so difficult and not nearly as easy as some people think.

"You think I don't WORK?!" she started with. "You think I sit at home all day and twiddle my thumbs? You think 2 x 22 month old toddlers just let me kick my feet up all day after I've done my morning workout? You think I'm beaming with energy as I grow a new baby and frantically do my best to keep up with twin boys that run rings around me?!"

Strode, from Melbourne, Australia, has made a reputation for herself posting workout videos on her Instagram account that show how a woman can balance raising kids with working out and being pregnant.

She aimed to prove in her post that doing all of those things--despite not having to the leave her house--is far from easy.

"I certainly DON'T spend all day exercising," she continued. "My days are spent changing shitty nappies, dealing with tantrums, playing cars and trucks, making food that gets thrown on the floor before it's even tasted, walking the streets trying to get tired, grumpy children to nap..."

She once had a high management position in marketing, but said being a stay-at-home mother is more demanding than that. Nonetheless, she is glad she chose the job she has now as it is "by far the MOST rewarding."

So next time you might be quick to think a stay-at-home mother's life is easy, think about Strode's story.