The words “stay-at-home mom” elicit different feelings for different people. For those who are not a stay-at-home parent the idea sounds fun and hardly like a job. How hard could it be to stay at home and do nothing all day?
Gemma Chalmers, who is a stay-at-home mom and a part-time nail technician, knows that being a stay-at-home parent may be one of the toughest and most demanding jobs there is and it’s unpaid. However, it is the most rewarding.
Chalmers filmed the time lapse after her partner told her to “enjoy your day off.”
The mother of one from Aberdeen, Scotland, told The Mirror she was tired of her partner, John Jones, thinking she did nothing while at home with her 2-year-old son Kayle.
“I just thought: ‘I’m going to prove him wrong,'” she told The Mirror.
She began her time lapse at 9 a.m.
To prove Jones wrong, Chalmers filmed 12 hours of her day, starting at nine o’clock in the morning; however, she wrote on Facebook that her day actually started earlier.
A stay-at-home parent doesn’t just work from 9–5.
Prior to the video she cleaned up broken glass, emptied the dishwasher, gave her son breakfast, took a shower, and then dressed herself.
From the moment she woke up to the moment her son went to bed she never stopped moving.
By 9:30 she was dressed and working in the kitchen.
Before noon Chalmers had already cleaned, taken her son to a gym, and had a snack.
After a busy morning, Chalmers filmed herself putting Kayle down for a nap. And of course because he’s two years old, he didn’t go to sleep right away, which meant she had to continuously go into his room and put him back into bed.
Although naptime might be when some people think it’s time for a break, they’d be wrong. Chalmers continued to work by folding laundry and doing other chores around the house before she ate her own lunch.
The only break she had was that her work was uninterrupted.
Once Kayle woke up he had a quick lunch then they were off again, this time to an appointment.
Chalmers crammed her 12-hour day into an 8-minute video.
The time lapse video resonated with many stay-at-home parents. Chalmers told The Mirror that every parent she knows has shown it to their spouse and “they just kept their mouths shut.” But there’s one person who is still not convinced—Jones.
“John is not convinced yet,” she said. “He was like, ‘you don’t do all that.’ I might even make another one now just because of the amazing reaction it got.”
It wasn’t until 12 hours after she started her video that she could finally relax.
“[I’ve] been a mummy all day… Also a cleaner, a driver, a cook, a storyteller, a nurse, a playmate, a toddler wrestling coach, a teacher, an art Director, a potty trainer, a Champion tickler, a wardrobe stylist, a personal dresser, a laundry operator, a personal shopper, and many more.”
Watch the full video below:
All weekend my lovely partner has been moaning that I do nothing all day, so I thought I’d show him a full day. Before I even started this video I had two smashed glasses to clean up as the little man thought it be funny to throw then off the kitchen unit. I emptied the dishwasher, gave the little man breakfast, managed to get a quick shower(with the little man coming and checking on me throughout) changed his bum and got dressed myself.I actually find having a day of work more like a day off. So Mr Jones no more saying “enjoy your day off” or “what have you done all day” because the answer is….. Iv been a mummy all day…Also a cleaner, a driver, a cook, a storyteller, a nurse, a playmate, a toddler wrestling coach, a teacher, an art Director, a potty trainer, a Champion tickler, a wardrobe stylist, a personal dresser, a laundry operator, a personal shopper, and many more. My 12 hour day in 8 minutes 😳This is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact email@example.com or +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615
Posted by Gemma Chalmers on Wednesday, December 13, 2017