A recent Wall Street Journal article gives voice to what seems to be a growing problem in the mother ‘hood: working moms taking advantage of at-home moms’ availability to pick up their sick kids at school, receive UPS packages or even walk their dogs. Apparently, the SAHMs are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. They argue that just because they spend a good amount of time in their homes, does not mean they are free to take care of the lives of their working counterparts.
It’s one thing to do a favor for a neighbor when it’s reciprocated, or when you feel confident in your friendship with the other mom. But when you are constantly expected to be a YES MOM and complete the task simply because it’s been asked of you, resentment builds and you might feel stuck in the sticky situation. Which is ironic because you have the power to say NO, don’t you?
Have you ever felt taken advantage of by an at-work mom? Or have you been the one at work expecting the SAHM to take care of your various needs because, after all, she IS at home?