You're at an affair with your husband. You're smiling, mingling, and meeting new people, when someone turns and asks you the question: "What do you do?"
When I first came home, I dreaded that question. I found myself often apologizing for my decision to stay home or trying to explain that although I didn't work outside the home full-time, I did do some freelance work here and there. I felt that I needed to highlight that in order to be respected.
Thankfully, I have come to embrace the fact that quitting full-time employment in order to pour my energy, talents, and attention into my family and home-life; is as daunting a task as any "well respected" profession we could think of. In fact, it may be even more so because its one that comes without any end time or time off. The rewards are often long term and hard to keep in sight, and society generally does not see it as "legitimate" work.
At this point, I usually answer the "What do you do?" question by simply saying; "I stay home with my children" or "I'm a Stay at Home Mom." However, with the many titles being used, it can be difficult to decide which one actually does the job justice. In addition, because of the negative connotations attached to some, there are women who feel more comfortable with certain titles than others.
I've compiled a list of some of the most commonly used titles. Which do you prefer? Why?
Stay At Home Mom
Work at Home Mom
Can you think of any I may missed?