Q&A with Stay-in-Bed Mom Blog

Followers, have you wondered where I got my blog name “stay-in-bed mom” or Instagram handle @stayinbedmomblog? Or what it means to be a “stay-in-bed mom”? Read on.

Do you stay in bed all the time?

No, from from it. But I do enjoy being in bed (not just when I sleep). Having time to relax in my bedroom is an important part of my self-care regiment.

One Instagram follower wondered why I spent so much time in bed. Here’s what she asked:

“Hey! So Im being totally random, but why are you in bed so much? Im apparently missing something somewhere and was curious, plus how do you keep from not going nuts?! I was on 3 months bedrest with our daughter…and I thought THAT was bad, now [I have an injury]….being laid out like this is NOT my thing and I need some advice and love…. 😍😍😍😍😍

Good question.

“Stay-in-bed mom” isn’t literal. It’s a figure of speech, a symbol for practicing self-care and taking it easy on yourself as a parent and as a person.

“Stay-in-bed mom” is a call to inaction. I’m inviting hardworking moms/dads everywhere to take a “bed break” literally or figuratively every day. A “bed break” is a stand in for an indulgent me-time activity – something that’s just for you.

👩🏻A happy parent = a happy baby 👶🏻

bedroom area with no people inside building
Photo by Dmitry Zvolskiy on Pexels.com

Where did you get the inspiration for stay-in-bed mom?

TV! The expression “stay-in-bed mom” comes from Arrested Development, a beloved TV show of mine. My favorite me-time activity is watching TV in bed.

What does your blog name “stay-in-bed-mom” mean?

  1. It’s meant to be tongue and cheek, read as a joke. Life is hard enough. Let’s not take parenting so seriously.
  2. It’s self-effacing. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and open to others (especially other parents). Be the mom/dad you are, rather than the one society, the media, and/or family/friends think you “should” be.
  3. It’s a play on the phrase “stay-at-home-mom”…I’m a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) who also likes to “stay in bed”. I made the difficult decision (and am still making it) to give up my career as a high school English teacher to stay at home with my children. Being a SAHM in the U.S. is challenging and rewarding, an experience I like to write about on the blog.
  4. It’s a rallying cry! “Stay in bed”. Do what makes you happy.
  5. Finally, it means subverting expectations (yours and others)…Do what you need to do to relax and be happy. The preferred way for me to unwind is to chill in my bedroom. For me, “stay in bed” is quite literal, but for you it might be different.

Momming/adulting is hard! Can I just stay in bed all day?

Everything in moderation.

Staying in bed is a good thing, but if you’re doing it too much and it’s interfering with your life, then find someone who (or something that) can help you get your feet on the floor!

white table lamp on top of nightstand
Photo by Dmitry Zvolskiy on Pexels.com

A Final Thought – From the Pillow

Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about “staying in bed”.

So stay somewhere that makes you happy. Stay-in-shower, stay-in-gym, stay-in-restaurant, stay-in-theatre, stay-in-boat (etc.). Moms/dads find your happy place!

Do you have any questions for me? Please leave them in the comments.

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