How to write a stay-at-home mom résumé, the many hats of mom

Stay-at-home parents, the next time you feel ashamed by the gap on your résumé, just don’t. A year of parenthood equals a page (at least!) on your résumé. If you’re looking for brilliant bullet ideas for your Linkedin profile or jaw-dropping job titles, look no further.

Moms and dads wear many hats. Don’t you forget it!

When my great-grandfather, Papa (a truly capital fellow), tipped his hat to me, I knew he honored me as an integral part of his family. Wouldn’t it be nice living in a time when folks tipped their hats to you when you entered a room?

What if hat-wearing men (and women), raised and tilted their hat brims to you instead of shooting dirty looks when your children misbehave? It would be a gesture of greeting, solidarity, and respect for the hard work parents do. Well, fellow parents, “I tip my hat to you!”

Stay-at-home parents own a haberdashery of hats, A through Z! Accountants, barbers, chefs, dentists, estheticians, facilities managers, general medical practitioners, handy workers, investigators, janitors, kitchen hands, launderers, maids, nurses, occupational therapists, personal assistants, quantity surveyors, records managers, servers, teachers, upholsterers, video and photography editors, waste workers, x (I got nothing!), youth workers, zookeepers to their wild child(ren), just kidding!

If you have to or want to return to work, remember you have a host of transferrable skills you can list on your résumé.

What “hats” do you wear? Which ones will you spotlight on your résumé?

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Hair Stylist

Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair, trimming bangs, mowing mullets, or retrieving discarded hair bows and elastics. 

Handy Worker

Keep home in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.

Head Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Worker

Operate or tend washing or drying machines to wash or dry household articles, such as cloth garments, blankets, draperies, linens, and rugs. 

Hazard Waste Handler/Hazardous Materials Removal Worker

Engage in identifying and disposing of hazardous materials. Includes knowledge in biohazard identification, testing and sampling procedures, hazardous waste disposal procedures and systems (e.g. Diaper Genie), and equipment maintenance.

Head Cook/Head Chef

Coordinate the work of sous chefs (e.g. co-parent, grandparent, babysitter, etc.) and other cooks (e.g. older children), who prepare most of the meals. Design the menu, review food and drink purchases, and train other food preparation workers.

Head Baker

Direct and may participate in the preparation and baking of desserts. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts. (How many treats did I give my children this week?)

Head Nurse

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent (e.g. “Mommy, hold me!”), or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. 

Head Detective/Investigator or Inspector

Gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding children to co-parent, or detect occurrences of unlawful acts or infractions of house rules.

  • Accident Investigator (Investigate, analyze, and determine the extent of personal, casualty, or property loss or damages, and file claims with insurance company on behalf of claimants. Correspond with insurance representatives to calculate insurance plan benefits.)
  • Animal Cruelty Investigator/Animal Treatment Investigator (Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment.)
  • Background Investigator (Perform activities in the human resource area. Screen, recruit, interview, and place childcare workers.)
  • Forgery/Fraud Investigator (Conduct investigations to prevent crimes, e.g. older children forging signature on permission slip or failing test, or solve criminal cases.)
  • Missing Persons Investigator (Hold investigations to locate missing children.)

Head Esthetician

Provide skincare treatments to face and body (Cradle crap/cap be gone!) to enhance an individual’s appearance. 

Head Teacher

Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. 


Take orders and serve food and beverages to patrons at tables in dining establishment.

Hide Handler

Smack misbehaving “hides”. Prepare hides for storage and shipment. Just kidding!

Home Designer

Plan and design children’s bedrooms and other spaces in private residence.

Household Accountant

Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.


Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain household in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.


Clean teeth (AKA remove “sugar bugs”) and apply preventative materials, provide oral health education and treatment counseling to patients, identify oral pathologies and injuries, and manage dental hygiene practices. 

Note:  The above job descriptions and career categories are adapted from MyMajors.

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A Final Thought – From the Pillow

You are not “just” a stay-at-home mom. Banish the verbal filler “just” from your vocabulary.

So stop yourself the next time you bashfully utter, “I’m just a stay-at-home mom (or dad).” You’re life path is just-ified. You don’t need to work part or full-time to just-ify your existence. Being a mom  (or dad) is just enough.

What would you add to your Mom or Dad résumé?

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  1. Your was just what I needed this morning. It seems that the appreciation factor seems missing often times despite all of the roles being played. I’ll keep the positive mental attitude hat on despite the feeling of not being appreciated, and taken for granted.

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    1. I couldn’t agree with you more. When I became a SAHM, I felt a bit judged like I was a layabout. I’m probably my own worst enemy or “frenemy”, thinking negative thoughts about myself. Still at times I can’t be alone in feeling a coolness from some working parents, especially ones with higher education.

      One perspective is that it’s anti feminist to be a stay-at-home mom. I totally get that. The women of yesterday worked so hard so the women of today could be wives, mothers, AND still have careers. I used to feel this way.

      Another perspective, the one of my blog, is a happy parent equals a happy baby. My husband and I jointly decided it was best for my mental health, our children’s overall social-emotional-intellectual-etc. development, and our household’s finances, etc. if I stayed home. What’s so wrong with wanting to stay at home – especially while your kids are little – and especially if you don’t have to bring in a second income?

      Most SAHMs know how lucky/blessed they are to make the choice. But a little appreciation from others would go a long way. We have sacrificed our careers in the short-term, long-term, or perhaps indefinitely. Shouldn’t that mean something?

      To all the haters, SAHMs (and dads) are on a CHARACTER path not a CAREER path.


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