In two parent families, the option of one parent taking a career break or even giving up work completely to raise the children each day can be a wonderful prospect – but the idea that being at home with the kids is ‘time off work’ is, for want of a better word, a big fat myth.
No, being a stay at home parent is a full-time job – a 24-hour, seven day a week job, if we’re really splitting hairs – and whilst you might be at home, your time is not your own anymore.
And just with any other day job, it comes with its fair share of occupational hazards.

So, let’s take a look at some of the injuries that stay at home parent:

Hair pulling

It’s grim enough that all of your gorgeously thick pregnancy hair starts fall out after you’ve given birth – but what’s worse is, just as it finally starts to grow back, your little one will start to use your luscious locks as a personal climbing rope to hoist themselves up and down. Do yourself a favour and invest in a LOT of bobbles – you’re going to need them.

Unexpected missiles

Your baby’s weaning journey is so special, but it can also be messy and super-stressful. The Bibado makes cleaning up easy, (and keeps your little one’s clothes spotless), but you still need to watch out for rogue food items getting launched across the room (always at your head) and don’t even bother trying to clean the floor whilst your baby is still sitting in their high-chair – not unless you want sticky little fingers grabbing the top of your head anyway!

Biting

Teething is a rough time for both babies and parents, especially when their favourite teether just so happens to be your knuckle. Sometimes you’ll pull it away, and sometimes you’ll just grin and bear the pain - anything to stop the crying!

Pinching/scratching/slapping

Little fingers love to explore new surfaces and textures, and it’s a lovely thing to watch – except, of course, when it’s your skin that they’re clawing away at. Expect scratches, slaps and the odd pinch taking you off guard of a morning! Oh, and that bobble you keep on your wrist in a poor attempt to keep your hair out of their grasp? Yeah, they’re going to twang that at any given opportunity.

Back-ache

Carrying a 20lb baby around all day is no easy feat – add to that the car seat, pram and all of the other paraphernalia that comes with leaving the house with a little one, and you’ll soon have arms like The Rock and a serve case of back ache.

Head butting

Last, but absolutely not least, you’ll be enjoying a cuddle with your baby when they suddenly, out of nowhere, decide to straighten up and throw their head back. By the third or fourth time, you’ll be wise to the motion, but expect a few hard blows first!

So, next time you refer to maternity leave as a ‘year off’ please, oh please, think about the war wounds that primary carers suffer. It’s a good job we love ‘em!

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