Yep, it’s 2017 and people are still treating stay-at-home mums like glorified, free babysitters.
One stay-at-home mum recently shared her own frustrating, mind-boggling story on the parenting forum, Mumsnet.
Clueless1315 lives in an apartment block and has one daughter and one son. Recently a woman with a daughter and son the same age as Clueless1315’s kids moved into the apartment above her. They arranged a playdate and before she knew it, Clueless1315 was dropping off and picking up the other woman’s kids from school several times a week and looking after them for hours at a time for free.
“She has never offered me a penny or given me any food. I don’t enjoy having my house constantly filled with kids, but she views it as I’m home and she’s at work, therefore I can help out. But it’s tiring and stressful,” she writes.
To make things worse, when Clueless1315 confided in a friend about the neighbour’s actions, the friend said she should have been paying her at least £30 (around $50 AUD) a day for the childcare services she was providing.
Then that same friend asked the stay-at-home mum to look after her three kids for a whole week and only paid her £20 ($33 AUD) for the week of free childcare, food and activities.
“I feel like such a mug. I’m on benefits and watching every penny, but these cheeky f**kers have taken the piss.”
This kind of situation and Clueless1315’s understandable frustration over it is not new or unusual.
As Shauna Anderson wrote for Mamamia in 2014, stay-at-home mums should not be treated like babysitters, but they often are.
“Ask a stay-at-home mum if this has happened to her and – after first mentally checking you aren’t one of the perpetrators – I don’t doubt they will nod and tell you horror stories. And it is not just the one-off favour, not the you-look-after-mine-this-week-then-I’ll-look-after-yours,” she wrote.