Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Finding a New Name for "Stay at Home Mom"

I was talking with a friend the other day, and she refers to herself as a "Full Time Mom".

I can remember saying "full time mom" once by accident, while I was working full time, to one of my friends that is a doctor. She was so offended, and said to me, "so what, does that make the rest of us 'part time moms'?"

So I'm looking for a new catch phrase for my new career as a "Stay at Home Mom." We don't stay at home. Not at all. Point of the matter, we try to spend as little time in the house as possible. I think the title stay at home brings back pictures of Moms of the 50's that bake cupcakes, have a spotless house, read Good Housekeeping, and watch plenty of daytime T.V. So what about those of us who go to the zoo, museum, nature hikes, library story time, and other events on a weekly basis? We can't be called "Stay at Home Moms" and we can't be called "Full Time Moms" either. So send in your comments if you have any ideas or suggestions.

Thanks.

7 comments:

Jayne said...

A friend of mine who "stays at home" with her children created business cards with her new work title, "Household Director" printed on them. She said the cards made it easier to network with other moms. She also looked at her decision be the primary caregiver for her children as her new career, hence the business cards. I remember as a kid my mother getting so frustrated over applications that asked for "mother's occupation." She didn't want to leave it blank because she felt that she did a lot of work, albeit unpaid. She would write in "domestic engineer" which I've always thought sounded pretty snazzy. I agree that "stay at home mom" conjures images of pink bathrobes and curlers. Maybe if there were a better title associated with this career, more women wouldn't see it as such a tremendous sacrifice. I think regardless of employed, unemployed, paid or unpaid, every mother is a working mother. You could always call yourself the "Director of Homeland Security."

Michael said...

Chief Household Officer or "the CHO" for short.

StuntBec said...

I tell people I'm staying home full time to raise the kids. Part of being a Stay at Home Mom, in my mind, is the 1950s druggery of cleaning the house and doing laundry...But hey, nothing wrong with baking cupcakes, every once in a while!

Anonymous said...

I like "full time mom." And then the career moms can add that to their title too, if they want. Why can't someone say "I'm a dr. and full time mom" as her introduction? What you call yourself is really only about yourself.

Anonymous said...

I am trying to come up with a clever title for Stay at home Mom so I can put it as a signature, like so many working people do on their e-mails. So far I have come up with Home and Life Coordinator, but I do like Cheif Household Officer. Any other suggestions out there?

Anonymous said...

Does Stuntmom say it all?

livingrm said...

I have suggested Chief Domestic Officer. I like it better than "Chief Household OFFICER" because "household" sounds too much about the house.