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Nine Things You Should Never Say to a Stay-at-Home Mom

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    Whether or not to stay home is a tough choice many moms have to make, and women who opt out of jobs to raise kids often face a mix of curiosity, jealousy and even disdain in comments that range from silly to downright mean. "You make this personal choice, yet people feel they have the right to weigh in," says Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families. Here are nine things that stay-at-home moms say they'd be happy to never hear again.

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    "What do you do with all that free time?"

    "I sit on the couch and eat bon-bons, of course," jokes stay-at-home mom Kimberly of Westborough, Mass. As anyone who's spent a day alone with a child under age 3 can attest, there's hardly time to use the bathroom, let alone lounge about. "Questions like this come from people who don't know what it's like to scrub off the high chair, change diapers, put toys away, and fold laundry again and again," says Steiner. "Plus, depending on the kid's age, there are times when a mom hardly has a second to herself, because her child could choke on a penny or fall in the toilet if she looks away for a moment."

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