In Defense of Why I STILL Stay at Home


“And what do you do?”

It is the inevitable question never far from being asked when I meet someone new. First comes the requisite questioning on number of kids, ages, and what my husband does. But I know the inquiry in regard to how I spend my days is approaching! I’m a mom who chooses to stay at home.

And in this current world of hustle, why wouldn’t it? My two children are in upper elementary school. My oldest is mere months away from jumping into the swirling waters of middle school. Doesn’t it make sense I get out there and find even a part-time position while I’m not needed as often at home? Maybe. But my time as CEO of my household isn’t up just yet. And I need a minute of your time to shore up my defense as to why I’m still at home.

The Parental Raise

My son and daughter are proud graduates of the “feed, bathe, and wipe yourself” university. Some of these life skills came late or, perhaps, a bit unwillingly. And yet she persisted! My kids pack lunches for school. They knock out their laundry piles every Sunday and only complain a little. (I don’t blame them. Those baseball socks choose violence every time. So gross.)

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My point is this, I am at one of those made-it stages of parenting. I often refer to it as a parental raise. I have actual help around the house. This should free me up to seek something outside the confines of my four walls. The catch, dear reader, is this: With older children comes a livelier schedule.

mom working from homeGone are the days of toddlerhood when I’d catch myself checking the clock for naps and bedtime. School activities, music lessons, sports, church, and hanging out with friends (“play dates” are dead with the upper elementary boys) now require their own personal assistant. I am that personal assistant.

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And in all seriousness, I love it. Volunteering at the school book fair and picking up teammates for softball practice allows me to be part of my kids’ growing and evolving world. I have boots on the ground. I’m in the mix! Not competing for time with a professional job pays in spades as I have time and headspace to freely be part of my kids’ calendar. 

As I previously mentioned, I’m currently wrapping my brain around soon having a son in middle school. Pair that with an eight-going-on-15-year-old little sister and the emotions are often red hot in my neck of the woods. At least two days a week, I can count on someone coming home with big feelings over any number of things. A lower grade than he thought. Her teacher looked at her funny. Someone said he was out in dodgeball when he clearly wasn’t. All cause for wailing and donning of sackcloth.

I poke fun, but with each passing grade come weightier issues. The talks get trickier and the topics more complicated. It’s not new information. Kids today face challenges we never encountered. I’m often at a loss as to how to approach this new frontier. Flying blind over here!

But I’ll tell you one thing: I want my kids to see my smiling face when they hop off the bus. I will bypass the paycheck a little longer if it means my arms get to hold them after a particularly harsh day. Having the freedom to sit at the table with a snack and a listening ear is my gift to them. These years of awkward and hard won’t last. In the meantime, I will be here. 

One of the most beautiful and unifying facets of the mom community is the ability to choose how we cultivate our individual motherhood experience. Maybe you want time away from the house to pursue your own career, your own dreams. Maybe I don’t want to be expected to wear pants every day. You know the adage. If we were all the same, things would be very dull.

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The magnitude of what we’re each doing in raising the next generation is what we celebrate and encourage. The differences keep things spicy! Which leads me to my final reason why I stay at home.

Tasks Uninterrupted 

A school day leaves my house in a state of calm I haven’t known since becoming a mother. The silence! You wouldn’t believe the silence. I am woman enough to admit the selfish side of me really loves this stage of life. Entire hours of the day where I think my own thoughts and do as I please.

Granted, most of those hours are spent maintaining a base level of “clean enough” at home and organizing and mapping out our busy lives. (Remember that personal assistant?) But to be able to do those tasks uninterrupted? While listening to a true crime podcast? Shut the front door. This is luxury at its finest folks. 

Stay at home moms can do chores without interruption.If these last couple of years have taught us anything, we can be sure nothing is a sure thing. My choice and ability to rock the stay-at-home gig could change tomorrow. Life happens. But until then, I’ll confidently and gratefully respond to the question “What do you do?” with this:

“I’m home.”

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Ashley is from Hurst, and though she’s flown the nest a few times now, she always seems to boomerang right back to her hometown. Her latest stint took her family to Chicago for the last four years. While Ashley, her husband of almost 16 years, her son and daughter loved life as honorary Midwesterners, Texas called, and it was time to answer. Though her children are in upper elementary school, Ashley found her groove as a stay-at-home mom and is not eager to give up the title quite yet. You can find her putting in the miles all over town with her “doggy clients” as a Rover walker and caregiver. (Dogs talk back less than children.) Ashley is often the loudest mom at the ball fields but comes in peace with the best snacks. She recharges with a run around Hurst, a ride on that stationary bike everyone’s talking about, or on a patio with a margarita and her very funny husband. Ashley has written for local mom groups, church and is a returning writer for Fort Worth Moms. Her husband hopes she will stick to more pieces on motherhood and less on disappointing stays at grimy hotels.


    • Thanks, Mary! Love your support and enthusiasm! You know there’s always more in the works for me! I have plenty of words!

  1. I know this post is well intended, and it is well written. Two reflections after reading…
    1. You should not have to “defend” your choice to be at home at any stage of your childrens’ lives. If the world doesn’t like it, that’s on them. You’re doing what you want to do, feel called to do and have been blessed to be able to do.
    2. IMHO Posts on this topic, while well intended, are always going to leave a portion of your readers wishing that they had kept on scrolling (which I realize is what I should have done🤪). While it is certainly not your responsibility as the writer to appeal to all readers, I do believe there is a certain level of decorum on a “moms page” that should be upheld. The topic of stay at home/work outside of home moms is one that (again just my opinion) does not go the distance in encouraging/blessing/empowering women/moms. I would love to the see the topic laid to rest altogether as I have yet to read anything (from either perspective) that does not completely alienate those who have not made/been provided with the same choice of either being at home with kids or on the flip side working outside the home.
    Just my two cents as a regular reader of FWMoms. I certainly have no intention of offending the writer, and if I have, I apologize to you. I only want to express that I do not feel that covering this topic is useful/helpful for the whole of your readers.
    I believe it’s about time to put the kibosh on this topic FW Moms.

  2. Thanks for your honesty, Holly! I appreciate you doing so graciously and kindly. The online world could use more people who disagree in the fashion you’ve chosen. You’re a great example of not agreeing, but also not being ugly. I respect that. What I love about Fort Worth Moms is the vast array of pieces available to readers. Some definitely are useful/helpful to the whole of mothers out there, but many speak to different sectors of motherhood. Not all pieces resonate with me or connect with my motherhood experience. And I do realize this particular piece doesn’t resonate across the board. I think that’s ok because for those in similar situations, they feel seen or affirmed. Even if one or two moms out there take something away from me presenting the idea of “Anyone else feel this way?”, I feel good about that. The article’s intent is not meant to be divisive but encourage even those two moms. Thank you, again, for your well-thought comment and suggestions on a topic that definitely brings some heat with it!


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