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Do you know how to greet your spouse when he or she gets home from work?

I’ve read a lot of things lately that suggest various ways that women, stay-at-home moms in particular, can be at their best when their spouses get home from work. There are some stay-at-home dads out there, but these articles are pretty much never directed at them.

Some of these articles are couched in stereotypical, crappy, sexist expectations, but some raise legitimate points. It’s not great for a family (let alone a marriage) if the wife is a total wreck, barely hanging onto her very last nerve, when her husband walks through the door. The list of suggested remedies provided by these articles is wide-ranging, but almost always include wearing “real” clothes and applying make-up near the top of the list.

I’d like to call BS on this.

Wearing make-up and real clothes, while nice, is not going to do anything for my regular, if not daily, hot-mess-status when my husband gets home from work.

So what will make a difference?

I’m glad you asked. Here are my suggestions of things that will help me greet my husband like a normal human being when he comes home:

My children need to stop requiring a daily dinner.


It’s a fact that my children warp into psychotic gremlins the moment I start cooking dinner (or sometimes, the moment I even think about starting to cook dinner). If these little maniacs we’ve produced would stop needing to eat dinner every single day, I would be a completely different person.

School needs to let out two hours later.

After-school restraint collapse is real. This has been written about a ton in recent years. My oldest is well-behaved at school, which is great. He’s often super happy and excited when he comes off the school bus (hooray!). But about ten minutes later? All hell breaks loose.

All the pent-up emotions from the day (sitting still, listening, doing as he’s told, arguing with a friend, etc.) come pouring out in all fashions—fighting with his siblings, crying and yelling at me, etc. It’s delightful. It takes my complete attention to mitigate these meltdowns, but I don’t have my complete attention to give because I have three kids, not one, and again, these people insist on eating dinner every day (see above).

I’m not advocating for a longer school day. To be clear: I miss my kid and am happy to see him when he gets home. I’m just saying that if I’m going to greet my spouse like a sane person and not a lunatic, one less kid losing their crap would probably help.

Our children need to become fans of the quiet game.

The fighting, crying, and general melting-down I just described is loud, but let’s assume for a minute that the kids are happy and being nice to one another (that does happen for a few minutes, every few months). It’s still so very, very loud. After a few minutes of this noise, let alone hours, my ears feel like they’re ringing and my sensory nerves are basically screaming, “STOP!” Then? Enter husband, ready to chat about his day.

Sorry hubby, my ears basically left town prior to your arrival. Call it a defense mechanism, survival strategy, whatever.


Our children need to get very good at hide-and-seek. Or the statue game.

Maybe it’s just because I’m raising three boys, close in age, or maybe all kids are like this, but someone is ALWAYS getting hurt at our house. Bless his heart, a solid 75% of the time, it’s our middle son, but the point is: our house is a nonstop rotation of injuries. When my husband gets home, I will likely have just finished–or be in the middle of—tending to a wound. If my children would take up hide-and-seek, or the statue game, my oldest and youngest would likely remain uninjured. My middle son might even be able to reduce his injury rate by a good 30-40 percent.

My hubby can come home early.

Meh, who are we kidding? Even coming home early might not be enough. I mean, sure, he could help me with some of the butt-wiping and be there to tag-team during the witching hour, but… I’m still not convinced that it would be enough.

He can take the day off and stay home.

We have a winner! This is the way I can avoid being a hot mess when my husband comes home from work (because he won’t be “coming home from work”). I mean sure, the odds are good that I’ll probably still be a hot mess, but I’ll also have successfully met my goal.

Mission Accomplished. You’re welcome.


Ever read one of those “how to greet your husband” posts and find yourself shaking your head? Raising kids is hard and the sahm life is no walk in the park. Marriage advice and parenting tips are great, but what you really need is a laugh! #funny #momhumor #parentinghumor
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  1. Oh, this post was so funny! I am also a mom of 3 (close in age) boys, and everything you just described is exactly how my house is! Witching hour? yes! Middle son being the one to get hurt 75% of the time? yes! After school melt down? yes, yes yes! I so appreciate this comical take and am sharing it with my audience 🙂

    1. Hi Heatherb2016,

      High five and a fist bump to you, fellow triple-boy-mom 🙂 Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to your comment, but since you have three boys, I’m guessing you understand lol. Yes, the witching hour/afterschool/pre-dinner struggle in our house is so very, very real. I’m so glad it gave you a laugh!

      Thanks so much for reading (and sharing!)!

  2. This post cracked me up! I would love for school to let out later, but being a former 8th grade teacher turned SAHM, I would feel too terrible for doing such a thing to them, lol!

    Thanks for the laugh,

    Josephine | Better as Us

    1. Hi Josephine,

      Former teacher turned SAHM here too and I completely agree. That would be a CRAZY long school day (even if it might help me greet my spouse like a semi-sane human being. MIGHT.). I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and that it could give you a laugh.

      Thanks so much for reading!

  3. I love it! If the world is going to place unrealistic expectations on us then I’m going to demand unrealistic expectations from the world.

  4. Your posts always make me chuckle and smile. If we both stayed home however that could quickly add in an epic disaster. As much as he is the best tag team partner out there. Thanks for a good read

    1. Hi Tonya,

      Thank you so much — that is such a compliment!

      I DEFINITELY understand what you mean though. It’s great when hubby is home and we make a good team, but after a few days, my Type A starts to show when I see him messing with our “routine” lol.

      Thanks for reading!

    1. Hi Tayla,

      I’m so glad it could make you laugh! AND YESSSSS! I’m not sure why, after all these years, it’s still such a struggle to plan, prep, and cook a reasonable dinner for everyone, but….. IT IS! I need one of those Willy Wonka things where it’s a whole meal in one little candy-tablet.

      Thank you so much for reading!

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