Being A Working Mum vs Staying At Home: An Unexpected Job Swap


So this last week has been an interesting one!

The boys carer has been in hospital so I’ve had to try my hand at being a stay at home mum and let me tell you, this shizz is hard work!

Here is a brief comparison of my usual work day morning vs my SAHM morning:



5am – Alarm goes off so I get up and have a leisurely shower while the boys are still sleeping and make a coffee, get ready for work, get the boys up and throw their shoes and jacket on, out the door by 6.15am.


Wake up to alarm for hubby at 5.30am. Kids jump on my head and start whining in my ear ‘Want bottle! Want Hugglemonsters! I’m hungry, can I play on your phone, morning time, get up mummy. GET UP MUMMY!’


Get to work and have a relaxing half an hour to drink my second coffee, have breakfast and start my work day with some adult conversation.


Have coffee, bribe kids with tablet and phone in order to have a rushed shower while they stand at the door yelling ‘All done yet mummy? All done shower? Mummy! Hurry up! Get out shower!’. Get out and dress hurriedly before they use my phone to start ringing multiple people listed under A on my contact list. Spend the next half an hour being yelled at to make multiple things for breakfast (these include popcorn, pretzels, mummy’s cookies, toast with peanut butter and weetbix). Spoon feed them breakfast (hey, I don’t have time to wait for them ok! Yes, I know he’s 4. Yes, he knows how to use a spoon. No, I don’t care if I am enabling them, I need to get out the damn door!). Make C’s lunch while he dictates and gives his opinion on every item ‘Not stinky oranges! I hate stinky yucky oranges, bleugh! Yuck! I’m not eating those *insert spew sounds*’. Manage to get them both dressed and in the car with moments to spare before dropping off said older child at kindergarten.


By 9am I am physically and mentally more exhausted being at home and navigating the childcare duties than I am at work for sure! This does not come naturally to me at all. I mentioned last week that I was not born maternal. Sure, with my own kids I am more natural but throw me yours and I will still be all ‘What the heck do I do with this child?!’. This also comes into play with the whole ‘being at home and doing the domestic duties while entertaining two little boys all day’ gig. Every day. In a row. Without a break.

During the past week I have tried my hand at several things that I imagine are reminiscent of some sort of domesticated goddess type things that SAHM’s do and have down to a fine art (feel free to disagree with me, maybe I am not the only inept mother in the kitchen!). Things like making mini bacon and egg pies, apple strudel, meatloaf and a roast lamb.

Yep, I did those! Boo-ya!
Pity I was the only one who likes apple strudel …

All turned out well bar the meatloaf which was declared disgusting. Luckily the dog liked it. I also started watching The Bachelor in Paradise during nap times. That part came naturally! I liked that part.

On Friday I decided to take the youngest on a shopping trip with me. He’d been cooped up all week with a sick brother (as had I!) and we desperately needed to get out of the house. He loves the mall so I thought this was a great idea. He’s generally very good at being my shopping companion but that day he was in a very outspoken, opinionated mood. I tried on some clothes and took him in the changing room with me and let me tell you, he was not holding back on his opinion! ‘Nope, no like it’ ‘No, yucky’ ‘Hmm … nope’ ‘No! No like that one!’. The one item he declared to be ‘Perfect!’ was the one item I bought, can’t underestimate the honest opinion of a two year old! My biggest mistake was in promising a cheeseburger at McDonalds if he was good. Trouble was we got there at 9am and they don’t start serving cheeseburgers until 10.30am! Do you know how to explain that to a 2 year old? You don’t. So I got a running commentary of ‘Cheeseburger time mummy!’ the whole way around the mall. For 1.5 hours.

Eventually he got his cheeseburger and I got a coffee as a reward.

I also rewarded myself with this gorgeous Maybelline Nude eye-shadow pallette which I am in love with.

NUDES-Expert Wear Pallette-Pack
How gorgeous are these colours?!

I finished off the week by going on my work do despite not actually being at work and I spent the whole night talking to my workmates in a baby voice:

‘No no, no more beers for you!’

‘And what would you like to eat for dinnies?’

‘No dessert unless you eat everything on your plate including your veges ok mister?!’.

Ok, no I didn’t.

I don’t think …

I did however get drunk and proceed to emanate my toddler by falling up some stairs, being unintelligible for half the night, spilling over some drinks and even smashing a beer glass for good measure.

I wonder what this week of being a SAHM will have in store for me?!

Are you a working mum or stay at home mum? Does staying home and being a mum full time come naturally to you? If you work do you find that balance easier than the times you have been at home?

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33 thoughts on “Being A Working Mum vs Staying At Home: An Unexpected Job Swap

  1. I’ve done all 3 – full time, part time and stay at home. I think part time is the ideal, full time is the hardest. I love being stay at home and it’s so much fun and by far the easiest (I know you’re not meant to say that, but it seriously is). However, it’s boing at times – this last week I’ve spent 11 hours in the car getting kids to medical and dental appointments, plus a further 7 getting to afterschool activities for multiple kids. Boring as it is, at least I don’t have the stress of taking time off work to do it….I also share the ferrying with a working mum, so she doesn’t have to take time off to do it (ie I do it all the time and she’ll cover if I have a clash) and another who has dinner with us every week before their activity. I figure as I’m home it’s not sweat to make life a little easier for those who aren’t. The kids are the winners in the end, as they get time with a friend, and a friend who’s as comfortable in our house as theirs.
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    1. That’s so awesome you help each other out, my in-laws are invaluable for helping us out too and are probably what make working full time so easy (most of the time).

    1. I agree with you, if I did this permanently I think I would end up a little batty! I don’t know how you do work at home while looking after the kids at the same time, I tried doing a bit this last week from home and it was hard work!

    1. It was awesome but the hangover the following day not so much! I was going to try the Berocca trick but I forgot! I did have some nurofen at 3am in preparation though, not that it helped much …

  2. I’m definitely lucky at the moment that I’m managing part-time in an office and part time staying – and working – at home. The days I’m going into the office I find the mornings and evenings so frantic and wonder how full-time mums cope with it all… but once I’m there I love it! The days I’m at home are a bit easier now my eldest is at school. Only having the two days, it’s more of a novelty and it’s fun planning little excursions with my two-year-old. The best of both worlds… but still very much a juggling act!
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    1. Two days with one would be perfect! I’d love that. Hanging out in public with one is easy, a 2 year old and 4 year old are a freakin handful at the same time, though it helps the 4yo is getting better at listening to instructions.

  3. I am a full time SAHM. For me to work it would cost more than I earn in childcare, so I’ve always been at home with the kids. I do love it but sometimes it does my head in. I am not the most domestically able person, so it’s been a challenge. I’ve only just started to be able to cook better meals!
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    1. Haha, yes Min! It’s not that it doesn’t exhaust me and doesn’t have it own stresses but it’s a different type of exhaustion and one I thrive on. This is just mentally tiring! I feel like I get yelled at all day!

  4. Sounds like a typical SAHM week. Getting screamed at, cooking food no one likes, drinking coffee, and getting drunk. I do that most weeks.

    I often think about going back to work full time, but I don’t think I could. I know some people need to work, but I am happy at home looking after my son. It’s super tiring though!
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  5. At the moment, SAHM. In less than two weeks I’ll work two days a week and be at home the other three. Since having my three boys I’ve worked varying amounts. I am firmly of the view, that even in my relatively high stress job, going to work is HANDS DOWN easier than staying at home. At work I don’t have to manage people’s emotions!
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    1. Maybe that’s it Claire, the not having to manage emotions! And emotional my 2 year old has been this week! OMG. 2 year old boys. Maybe they get all that raw emotion out of the way early so they can hold it in later?!

  6. It’s definitely a change of pace! I now work full time from home, and our boy is older (12) and that means I can rearrange my day to spend time with my family – very handy during the holidays!
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    1. Yep but work has been amazing giving me the time off without question so it’s been good in that respect. Might start drinking again before Friday though 😉

  7. Lol. Nice form. Meanwhile, loving that eye shadow. I’m going to have to pick myself up some. I work part-time and it is definitely the right balance for me and my family. It’s just three days a week and I think that’s about all I can handle at this stage. I love my time at work and I love my time at home with the girls. I want it all lol.
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  8. I am part time both and can honestly say I prefer the work days. I am in awe of those lovely natural mums that genuinely enjoy hanging out with their kids. I love mine dearly but some days I’d kill to go for a wee on my own and have a chat with someone without the theme tune to team umizoomi in the background making me want to put my head in the oven. #fridayfrolics
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