It takes guts to admit your mistakes. But it’s one of the most important steps in personal growth. Which means that Bridgette Anne Armstrong is on the right track. One and a half years ago, Brigette became a mother and as her child, Riley, was growing up, she realized how wrong she was to judge stay-at-home parents.

The Minnesota woman turned to Facebook to share what she learned, and her sincere words instantly struck a chord with everyone online. As of this article, the emotional post has accumulated over 31K reactions and 85K shares, and it perfectly describes the everyday struggles of a parent.

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Image credits: Bridgette Anne

Image credits: Bridgette Anne

Image credits: Bridgette Anne

Bridgette believes that people are so judgemental when it comes to stay-at-home parents because it has no monetary value. “Therefore, people don’t see it as ‘work,'” she told Bored Panda. “There is such a stigma surrounding it, you know, that we just sit at home all day and put our kids in front of the TV and play around on our phones and that it’s not really hard work, but I don’t think people realize the isolation and loneliness that can come when the only human interaction you have is with a child for the majority of your time. It’s emotionally draining at times.”

However, the mom has found a way to win over these feelings. When she reaches a low point in her day, in this ‘stay-at-home-mom phase,’ Bridgette likes to tell herself that it’s temporary. “This is just a phase and it won’t last forever and surprisingly enough, I know there will come a time when I’ll miss this.” Kate Swenson would definitely agree!

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this experience, it’s that I am definitely not alone in feeling this way, however, I have come to see most people stay silent about these feelings in fear of what others will say,” Bridgette added. “I’m hoping this will start a conversation about the stigma that surrounds stay-at-home parents and just maybe allow others who do feel like this to feel like it’s OK to talk about it.”

Here’s how people responded to Bridgette’s honest post