I have been a stay at home mom now for about 6 months. It really has been one of the greatest decisions I have ever made, BUT this gig doesn’t come easy. Some days I swear I feel a lot more tired than I ever did when I was working full time… and I use to be a kindergarten teacher – crazy, I know! Thankfully I feel like I am finally getting a handle on things. So here is are a few things I have learned, so far.
Lower your expectations
Some days I’m going to have a clean house, dinner ready and the kid in bed by 9pm. Other days I going to stay in my pjs all days. And thats ok. Everything doesn’t have to be “perfect”. I have my husband to thank for this wonderful way of thinking.
Getting out of the house is important
We go to story time at the library, take mommy and me classes, have a weekly play date or just walk around Target. I realized early on that I can not be stuck in the house everyday all week long. I’d go crazy.
Become friends with other SAHMs
This one took me a little bit. When we went to story time or other mommy and me stuff we would usually go and leave right away. I was too scared to talk to people. Thanks to Facebook I have been able to connect with other SAHMs who were wanting/needing the same thing I was.. Friends!
I used to be REALLY stressed.
Now that I am no longer working I look back and realize how stressed out I use to be. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my job and still miss it every now and then but damn, I was under a lot of pressure and it really had a negative effect on me. It feels really good to not have that type of worry on my shoulders anymore.
I feel like being a stay at home mom is something that some women dream about but never get the privilege to do. Like, it’s something only rich people do. I mean it’s hard going from two incomes down to one. But let me tell you, it is doable.. at least it has been for us. It takes budgeting, sacrifices, and prioritizing but we have managed.
If you have ever thought about becoming a stay at home mom I hope you really considerate. You’ll never regret the time you spend with your baby or children.