When I Showed My Husband the ‘What Do Moms Do All Day’ Picture…

Most of the time, my husband is great. I mean, he’s a bit moody, but show me a man who isn’t, and I’ll show you a woman who wants to be with her kids ALL the time.  Its also no secret that  housekeeping is not my activity of choice.  But, I do try. I really do try (well, not really).

When I showed the Old Man this picture and read him the story (its not that he can’t read, its that he’s advanced in years, and generally too lazy to go get his glasses), his response was, ‘What’s the big deal?  The house always looks like that.
Then the boys chimed in, ‘Yeah, Mom. What’s the big deal?’
I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say, ‘WHAT AN ASSHOLE. And, two in training.’
A crazy stay-at-home mom house


A man came home from work and found his 3 children outside, still in their pyjamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn around garden, The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and no sign of the dog, walking in the door, he found …an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, the throw rug was against one wall, In the front room the TV was on loudly with the cartoon channel, 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 counter, 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. He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or 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 walls. As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pyjamas, reading a novel… She looked up at him, smiled and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, ‘What happened here today?’ She again smiled and answered, ‘You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world do I do all day?…

”Yes,” was his incredulous reply..
She answered, ‘Well, today I didn’t do it.’
(I can’t locate source of this story. But, I’m no plagiarizer.  It could be this:  http://robinroost.blogspot.ca/ but it was shared on FB from here: Suzie’s Daily Quotes)


  1. Pam @writewrds says:

    Pic looks alarmingly like our kitchen — only she’s got better hair… : ) (Love that story.)

  2. Frankly, the pic isn’t bad enough. C’mon, this mess is too organized. Someone needs to spill coffee on the dog and apple juice in someone’s hair. Burn out one light bulb and scatter that cute little fruit arrangement. Thank you.

  3. I was about to mention the vomit, but you beat me to it. That freezer is way too organized. Who has time for that?

  4. Ha!

    Confession time: When my in-laws come to visit we clean the house just to the point where it looks like we didn’t clean it. I then apologize to them that we didn’t have time to clean the house before their visit. ;)

  5. I would like to point out that for over a year after being laid off and while I was finishing up my degree, my wife worked and went to school and took care of out daughter(mother-in-law watched her on my 2 school days) I kept the house far cleaner than she does right now(being laid off and having no class to go to). It is my experience now that most women that complain about this just like to complain. It’s not that hard, if you can’t handle the house and the children than maybe you don’t need them.

    • well, sure, Joshua, we like to complain. After all, what fun would there be in just getting things done without a word. Still don’t think not liking washing floors is a reason to not have kids….

    • Oh, also, Joshua, I believe it was my husband complaining I wasn’t doing it well enough. Last I looked, I never claimed to be good at, or even like, housekeeping. I do, however, love my babies.

  6. HA! This looks like my house every day.

  7. My house is horrid. I blame it on being at work and having no time to clean (which is true), but I can’t imagine how bad it would be if my kids were home all day every day. That actually gives me nightmares.

  8. How many kids are there? 5 kids in the kitchen and she is pregnant. Then there is a big dog. Wow!!!She is amazing. Joshua just had one baby to look after and his wife probably done the cooking.
    The house can be messy, but the kids are happy… Then you are a great parent. The kids will grow up and they will learn to clean. Not everybody like housekeeping and chores. Enjoy with the kids and be happy.

    • Those are a lot of kids. And, Joshua is probably not married. Joshua is probably sitting in front of a computer wishing he was married.

  9. Oh my! I love this post. And, the picture is awesome.

  10. LOVE this story – ha! I’m going to enlarge the photo and put it facing out of the window when my husband comes home. Then, even though the house is a mess, he’ll be so relieved that it’ll seem pretty tidy in comparison! ;)

  11. I read this story a couple places lately on FB, but this is the first time I so the picture that goes along with it. Love it! The picture alone says more than the whole story. And for what it’s worth, my kitchen sometimes looks that bad and I only have 1 kid and 2 dogs!


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