What it Means to Be a Stay at Home Mom and How to Make it Work

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What it Means to Be a Stay at Home Mom and How to
Make it Work

        The reason that many women put their careers on hold to raise their children full time is
different in every household. Some mothers may not trust someone else to adequately care for their
children on a daily basis. Others may not want to work only to see a huge chunk of their income go to
childcare. In many cases a mom has the desire to bond with and be with her children everyday.
Whatever the reason is, once you leave the workforce to become a stay at home mom, you gain a whole
new respect for the job; the job of being a stay at home mom that is. It is a full time job and can be
more challenging than a career outside the home. Here is what it means to be a stay at home mom.

       What It Means To Be A Stay At Home Mom, The Cons

       1. Financial Stress: For some families loosing that second income means giving up their
vacation down south, for others it may mean not knowing whether the mortgage will be paid. Whatever
category you are in, what it means to be a stay at home mom is that your lifestyle must change in order
to accommodate loosing your income.

       2. Loneliness: If you are like me, you are perfectly happy going all day, even all week with little
to no adult conversation; the trade off is well worth it. However, some women would go crazy. You
need to ask yourself how you would cope with minimal adult interaction on a daily basis and if your
feelings toward this separation will affect your children.

      3. Loosing Your Sense of Self: What it means to be a stay at home mom is that you may find a
weakening in your self esteem; you may eventually end up feeling like you have lost yourself.
Although it is extremely rewarding to be home with you children full time, how much of your identity
comes from your job and will you be fulfilled being a wife and mother only?

       What It Means To Be A Stay At Home Mom, The Pros

        1. You Raise Your Children: One of the great things about being a stay at home mom is that you
are in control of what your children learn, how they learn it and how they are disciplined. You are not at
the mercy of some daycares methods and practices. You also get more of a chance to form the morals
and values you want your children to inherit.

        2. Less Stress and More Stability at Home: Don't get me wrong, being a stay at home mom can
be stressful. However being a mom and holding down a full time career can place a huge amount of
stress on a family. Many stay at home moms report feeling less stressed and more at peace than the
working mom. What it means to be a stay at home mom is to have a chance to get to know your
children better and create more of a sense of stability.

        3. A Schedule That Works For You: Hey guess what? When you are a stay at home mom you get
to control your schedule! What it means to be a stay at home mom is that you decide how to spend your
days. No more having a boss tell you what time you can and can't spend with your kids and family. It is
all up to you.

        4. Less Guilt: One of the things that I hear every working mom say is that they feel guilty
sometimes about not being able to spend more time with their children. No mom ever says they wish
they worked more when their children were little. A sad truth is that moms with full time jobs often see
their kids less than the daycare provider. Staying home with your kids allows you to enjoy every stage
and never look back with regret.

       So How Can I Make Being A Stay At Home Mom Work?

       Many women think that they either have to work full time or be a stay at home mom. What it
means to be a stay at home mom today is that you can be home with your children and have an income.
Many women are able to work part time from home. Companies are adopting telecommuting and flex
work to accommodate such situations. Of course if your place of work doesn't offer this there are a
multitude of income opportunities online; just make sure you do your research; legitimate one do exist.




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