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The 5 Unsung Heroes of the WAHM

abbie-gintherThe following is a guest post from Abbie over at Grumbling Even after teaching high school French and English for the last six years, Abbie still decided to have her own kids. A self-professed mombie of two littles and a clumsy new blogger, she locks herself in the bathroom to therapeutically journal about mom life, style, and faith in the heart of winter, Saskatoon, Canada. Follow along or offer professional help at her blogFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Are you a work-at-home-mom? Who am I kidding? The term ‘WAHM’ is redundant like “free gifts” or “actual facts” or “added bonus.” Let me rephrase: Are you a MOM?

Now that we’ve got that out of the way… If you’re a mama, you already know all about unsung heroes and yet… here you are, subjecting others to your fate without even realizing it.

Not guilty, you say? Hear me out. Let’s start with our most beloved friends, coffee and wine. They get a lot of credit from Instagram photos to graphic tees in their honor and they deserve it. If they ever leave my arms I will be institutionalized … but what about our other quieter friends? The INTROVERTS, if you will.

Bringing the heroism to my house, the ‘hell yes’ to my home, these are the conveniences that allow me to get any work accomplished at all.

The 5 Unsung Heroes of the WAHM

1. The washing machine. 

When’s the last time you strolled to the river to get those clothes clean? (I’m in Canada, so that’s a lot of hacking through ice for minimal results.) Sure, I recently purchased new underwear for my entire family rather than tackle the ominous mountain of dirty socks (#kiddingnotkidding), but this lovely metal box is always there for me. Who else would stand stoically and patiently, holding the same load of laundry I’ve already washed six times? Vivienne, my washing machine, that’s who.

Sidenote: Since tenderly naming my appliances, I’ve joined a therapy group that makes me leave my house at least once a week. It’s called wine book club.

2. Netflix.

When my first daughter was six months old, I was regaling other mothers with my method of ‘no technology’ parenting when one of my best friends accidentally spit her coffee in my face. Weird.

I get it now. This post is brought to you courtesy of my friends Zuma and Chase. My recent ode to Paw Patrol came from the depths of my heart since it has been solely responsible for my last ten blog posts. Netflix, je t’aime.

3. The coffee maker.

Where did you think that liquid courage comes from? Okay, Starbucks… but when they turned down my enticing offer to build my new home in their parking lot and I’m snowed in for the winter, this little beauty grants me the nectar of life to make it to winetime bedtime.

Thanks Cathy. You’re as bold as your brew.

4. The locking door.

From showering alone to blogging in the bathroom to “reinforcement” during naptime to unexpected doorbell rings, I think we can all appreciate our good friend, deadbolt.

Enough said.

5. Snacks.

Don’t even get me started on my own eating. Let’s all pretend that I had a smoothie for breakfast and a spinach salad for lunch. Let’s talk about Costco “Trail mix.”  One little bowl buys me thirty minutes of quiet from my toddler and a carefully curated pile of peanuts left for me.

Yup. I’d hit that.

So multitasking mama, take a minute today to delight in your dishwasher
and rave about your Roomba, but especially to peer into that toothpaste
splattered bathroom mirror and give yourself a thumbs up or a really
attractive duckface, because you, my friend, are doing a great job and you’re
the hottest hustling heroine of them all.

Kid pilot with toy jet pack against autumn sky background. Happy child playing outdoors

Chrystie is a mom of 3 kids and wife to one. She's sold 4 blogs in the last 10 years and now helps other women start their blogging empire. Her love for really bad reality TV is only trumped by her love for margaritas without salt. Her other addictions include spray painting everything gold and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. #thatmom

This article has 30 comments

  1. Jeanette

    Haha…so true.
    But about the eating…I don’t eat so much during the day. But I d love my latte’s 🙂 I eat better during the dinner when we sit down the whole family and eat together.

    • Abbie

      Eating together is such an awesome habit. Love it! Or in my case, eating while my toddler rejects supper. That’s fun too.

  2. patricia ross

    Love this! So much truth

  3. Jill

    I loved this. Great post- I’ll have to check out her blog. She’s got it all right!!!! I had to laugh out loud at her washing machines name- love it!!! Enjoy your day, friend! Xo

  4. Samantha

    Oh my gosh I love this! So accurate and so funny! But seriously I think I would seize to exist without my dishwasher!

  5. Vivianna

    This girl never fails to make me laugh! So true too!

  6. Starr

    Loved this! Those are truly the unsung heroes of my Mommy World, too! Paw Patrol is like my extended family…lol

  7. Lindsay

    Love Abbie and I love this post!

  8. Christina K. Rambo

    I now love my washing machine; you’re right, we don’t go to the river…

  9. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side

    haha! So true, you always come up with the best article Abbie! And oh washing machine how I love thee, especially since I got you in red…my favorite!

  10. Tessa Kirby

    I am literally dying! This is so spot on and comical! Can you please just write a book Abbie? I would read every page and then some! Thank you for the much needed comical relief today…I may just be thinking up names for my appliances the rest of the day!

  11. Shaunacey

    Brilliance again!!! Abbie you’re fantastic and couldn’t be more accurate!

  12. Gloryanna

    Ha! We call our dishwasher “the beast.” I’m amazed at some of the things that she cleans in there!

  13. Erin Hertz

    Sorry about the coffee ? I am sticking with “friends don’t let friends set too high of expectations”. Haha.right.?
    I am with you, coffee helps me human everyday. I love the ode to appliances. You my dear are a hustling heroine as well. Thanks for the laughs this afternoon.

  14. Meredith

    What a fun post! I love the thinking behind this, and I agree the washing machine is amazing! I would maybe add the wine cooler too ….

  15. Morgan

    Great post- and so so true! Will be checking her site out! xx

  16. The Home Loving Wife

    Bahahahahahahahaha, once again Abbie slays the world!!! I’m off to name all of my appliances now – and find a wine book club to join!

  17. Meghan

    Yes to all of this, especially Netflix and the washing machine. I’ve just started watching Friday Night Lights and am so thankful for the rollover feature when I’m nursing or have my hands full and can’t hit the “next episode” button. But, why must they ask if I’m still watching? Is it to make me feel guilty for my binge? Yes, Netflix, yes I’m still watching!

  18. Jessica

    Love this!!! Strolling down the river to wash clothes?? OMG I laughed out loud! And Amen to locking doors… the few times I forget to lock the bathroom, there is a 4 year old who strolls in and wants to see what’s going on in the toilet. Ugh. boys are so gross sometimes. 🙂

  19. Lana

    So funny Abbie! I love your sense of humor. My washing machine broke once, and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to go on, for even a minute.

  20. Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen}

    This is so dead on! Bahahahahaha!

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