The Biggest Little Things – Stay-at-Home Mothers

Stay-at-Home Mothers…

The Biggest Little Things - Stay-at Home Mothers

I’ve been irrefutably detained
raising little worries
dipped in primary colors of hope
pressing down my own needs-
to successfully cope

I’ve been keeping up-
organizing cluttered little rooms
sweeping with my little broom
admiring little wheels and heels
that go…’zoom, zoom’

I’ve been reading Dr Seuss
re-enacting all of Mother Goose…
guiding little hands
to grasp a pencil like a noose

I’ve been tracing little letters
cutting little squares of cheddar
calming little tears and fears
darning holes
in socks and sweaters

I’ve been working overtime
for the fevers on the rise
dosing little cups of bubble gum…
wiping noses, on the run

To be questioned…
‘What exactly is it, that you do?’
as if to say…
a Stay-at-Home Mom, is so taboo-
somehow of little use

I have to laugh to myself and say…
I play
I play
I play all day…
I play, because children learn that way

I am so fortunate to be
a Mom that had a chance, to stay
no matter what the others say…
about that pesky little gap
raising eyebrows, at my resume

To teach with love, and play
every single toddler day-
is a gift, beyond compare
requiring not a single hours pay.


Melissa Hougard
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Melissa Hougard

I have always enjoyed writing as a creative and healing outlet. Although I am not a formally trained poet, I have found a natural inclination to explore its remarkable power and beauty. I gravitate towards rhyming verse, free of any constraints, and strive to create an experience through sound, flow, and imagery. I am a writer at and a proud Mother of two beautiful boys. Thank you for visiting.

8 thoughts on “The Biggest Little Things – Stay-at-Home Mothers

  • May 1, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Oh! Thank you for writing this, Mel. A ‘stay at home Mother’ is a very important role and much needed. Both kids and parents benefit from it, I stayed home with my kids and never regretted it. I loved every single minute of it. Great poem, I love it.

    • May 5, 2017 at 10:52 AM

      So glad that you can relate, Phyllis, I have been grateful for the time. Kindergarten here we come! Thanks again.


  • May 1, 2017 at 10:45 PM

    Its the hardest job on earth, being a mom, responsible completely for other lives. Anyone who judges the honor of parenthood is just plain ignorant. It is exhausting, joyous, stressful and blissful, all wrapped up in one life for you to be grateful for. A wonderful piece, and so often we all must remind ourselves what a loving honor it is to be a stay-at-home mom or dad. Lovely Mel.

    • May 5, 2017 at 10:57 AM

      It is an amalgamation of emotion, but really so worth the time and effort, Mom or Dad so fortunate. I just have to remind myself, that my decision to stay was the right one for us, and that’s all that really matters. Thanks for the comment.


  • May 2, 2017 at 5:25 AM

    A wonderful and touching poem. Being a stay at home mom means you have to be multi skilled and have to be doing things with the kids constantly to keep them occupied. A very fulfilling but often undervalued role. Well expressed in this poem.

    • May 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

      Thank you John, it can certainly be challenging, some days much longer than others. The value comes with his little smile. Change is on the horizon with full school days coming. 🙂


  • May 2, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Raising children is no easy task at all. With three of my own, I know how difficult it is to balance the schedule and clean up after them, make sure the homework is done, all while doing other choirs to maintain a working house. The pressure can get to you. It takes a strong willed person to be able to multi-task and maintain. Stay-at-home mother does not get the credit it deserves. Excellent powerful message Mel. Nice work.~Paul

    • May 5, 2017 at 11:02 AM

      Thank you Paul, yes you do know, whether stay at home or working, its all a tremendous balancing act, but we get through it, and its so rewarding. Appreciate your comment.


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