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

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  • "If you're tired, why don't you nap when the baby does?"

    The only thing worse than attempting to function on three-hour spurts of sleep? Hearing the old "nap when the baby does" suggestion again. It's a smart plan in theory, but people who haven't stayed home with an infant overlook the downsides to mid-day siestas: The dishwasher doesn't get emptied, the mail doesn't get sorted, emails don't get answered, and more. "Also, even if a mom is blessed with a baby who sticks to a schedule, she might not be able to keep her own sleep clock in sync with her child's," says Margaret Usdansky, assistant professor of sociology at Syracuse University, who co-authored a study about depression in stay-at-home and working moms.

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