What I’ve Learned From My Time As A Stay At Home Mom

If you ask people what they think about stay-at-home moms, you will likely get a lot of different opinions.  Not all of those opinions will be positive. I am a mom with a disability that prevents me from working full time, so working mom life was  likely never in the cards for me, but I fully embrace the time I get at home with my little one. There are so many advantages to staying at home if it is possible for your family but being a stay-at-home parent is not without sacrifices. There are some things I wish I knew before starting my stay-at-home mom journey.

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The first I’ve learned is that even though I don’t have a traditional job, my days are rarely easy. I have a degree in early childhood education and thought that after managing a whole classroom of children, taking care of one child would be a breeze. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Fulfilling every need of a tiny human from 5:30AM until 7:30PM is significantly more difficult than teaching a classroom of preschool aged children. When I worked part time at a preschool, I was able to help children learn and keep them safe, but those are not the most difficult part of the days. At home, I find that the additional responsibilities such as dishes, laundry, and errands tend to take over the day and it takes skill and practice to balance fun time and house work.

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The next thing I learned is that stay-at-home mom life is full of inconsistencies. One day, we go to the park, read a dozen books, and practice math skills. The next day, we might eat cold pizza for breakfast and watch way too much YouTube. Consistency is important for young children, so I really do try to stick to a daily schedule, but each day is a new adventure.

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The last thing I want to share is that even though being a stay-at-home mom was the best, and really only, decision for my family, it still took a while for me to make peace with it. I occasionally still feel envious that my husband gets to go out into the world each day. I love my child fiercely, but some days I do not love being at home all day and that’s okay. After all, I don’t think there is a person out there who loves every single second of their life.

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A lot of people will say that staying at home with your children is the ultimate privilege, and in some ways, it is, but there are also a lot of challenges as well! I’d love to hear from my fellow stay-at-home moms out there! What is your favorite part of being a SAHM? What is the most challenging part for you?

9 thoughts on “What I’ve Learned From My Time As A Stay At Home Mom

    1. I’ve only been a stay at home mom, but my mom was both a SAHM and a working mom as I was growing up and I think they are equally challenging.

  1. I have a lot of respect for stay at home moms… It’s not all fun and games and yes consistency is definitely probably a huge challenge, each day is going to be different.

  2. It was such a huge transition for me from breadwinner to stay at home mom. Loss of self, loss of career, change in purpose. But it grew on me, and now I love it. I love that I am such a large influence in my children’s lives. But I don’t love that I’m with them almost every hour of the day. I looking forward to when my kids are in school, and I get to miss them. I find our time together is more meaningful after we’ve had a little time apart. I know I will miss the years when they’re young, but I look forward to their growing independence, and my burgeoning freedom. A time for us to pursue our individual goals and dreams.

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