For The Stay At Home Mom: What Do You Do All Day?

This works just as well for the stay at home father too. It was written for a woman though. I got this from Iron Cook Carl and I hope you enjoy it.


Eddie came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front garden. The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the hall, Ed found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the rug was piled up against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the worktop, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door. Eddie quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for Valerie.

He was worried she might be ill, collapsed, that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and sink. As he rushed to the bedroom, he found Valerie still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went.

Eddie looked at Valerie, bewildered and asked, ‘What happened here today?’ Valerie again smiled and answered, ‘You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me sarcastically what in the world I do all day?’ ‘Yes,’ was Eddie’s startled reply. Valerie answered, ‘Well, today, I didn’t do it.’

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  1. #1 by Judy Marie Santiago on January 19, 2012 - 3:04 AM

    I think I’ll be that mom. Reading a novel on the bed and not caring about the kids and the house! LOL!

    • #2 by Tom Baker on January 22, 2012 - 7:48 PM

      A Stephen King novel I bet!

  2. #3 by brittany220 on January 18, 2012 - 11:25 PM

    Great post, and I’m sure it’s very true for many mothers out there!

    • #4 by Tom Baker on January 22, 2012 - 7:44 PM

      Thank you Brit! I hope you are doing well.

  3. #5 by Inside the Mind of Isadora on January 17, 2012 - 11:57 AM

    Amen to Valerie .. her answer was magnificent. Always teach by example … I suppose she taught him a great many things that day. hahahaahahhaha

    • #6 by Tom Baker on January 22, 2012 - 7:16 PM

      It was a shocker and an eye opener. What if housewives got paid?

  4. #7 by studiojan on January 17, 2012 - 10:35 AM

    That was a clever way to handle the question “What do you do all day ?” :D

    • #8 by Tom Baker on January 22, 2012 - 7:15 PM

      It was very clever but I surely hope it was not based on a true story.

  5. #9 by Barefoot Baroness on January 17, 2012 - 3:43 AM

    Absolutely brilliant! I loved it and even though our children are now adults I plan on still sharing this with my husband of 41 years.
    He had the opportunity to be home for a couple months during a corporate wide strike, I was at this time working outside the home for the first time after our daughters were in school during the day. My beloved husband had an incredible eye opening experience those weeks and never again was I asked, What did you do all day?”

    • #10 by Tom Baker on January 22, 2012 - 7:14 PM

      I’m sure your husband will appreciate it! Stay at home dads are special too.

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