"A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done."
Whoever thought up these words of wisdom totally gets it. Moms WORK, PERIOD, whether they have nine-to-five jobs, a freelance gig, a part-time project, or an online business — and only when they're done with those tasks does the real work begin: managing the household, caring for the kids, and keeping them alive. Those last three often go under the radar of many people, unfortunately.
As one mom laments, when she left her job to be more present in her kids' lives, all she heard from other people were:
For 35-year-old mom Gemma Chalmers, however, the remark came not from other people but from her own partner. John Jones, with whom Gemma shares a 2-year-old son, complains that she does nothing all day, and jokes that she would "enjoy your day off" after he leaves for work.
Any mom knows that's not true.
So to give John an idea what she's up to while he's at the office, Gemma made a time-lapse video of how she's "enjoying her day off." In it she documented all the chores she had to do:
"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."
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The camera also didn't catch her cleaning up the smashed glasses her son broke.
"So Mr. Jones no more saying “enjoy your day off” or “what have you done all day” because the answer is.....
"[I've] been a mummy all day...," wrote the Scottish mom, who also works as a nail technician on the side.
"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."
Here is Gemma's 12-hour day squeezed into eight minutes: