The Perks Of Being A Stay-At-Home Mom

While it is not an option for everyone, here a few reasons to stay home and take care of your kid(s) full-time


 

Why not give your notice at work and become CEO of your household? You’ve probably been toying with the idea for a while or maybe it was a no-brainer and you made the decision to be a stay-at-home parent without hesitating. Whatever your motivation, there is a lot to be gained by giving up your job.

You spend more time with your children.

Working from home involves a total investment in your family life. We don’t need to tell you it’s worthwhile and further strengthens the bond between mother and child. You will be present for your children’s milestones, triumphs and challenges and will be their biggest influencer before they start school. Consider the quality time you will enjoy doing crafts, going on picnics and road trips and building skyscrapers at Legoland. And chances are, you’ll develop a closer relationship with your hubby or partner, too. It’s a win-win scenario for every family member.

You save money.

Depending on how many children you have, their ages and what your salary is, it can sometimes be more cost-effective to forgo a pay cheque and be the primary caregiver instead. Daycare fees, nanny wages and babysitter rates (unless, of course, you’re having a much-needed date night) will be a thing of the past. But, as you know, this lifestyle choice requires greater adherence to a budget. Wean yourself from daily coffee runs and cut down on shopping. Perusing sale flyers, using coupons, shopping at discount stores and taking your children to free local activities can help lighten the financial load.

You can take a vacation from your "usual".

Take a break from your job, not your career. It will be there when and if you return. Sure, there will be days when you are nostalgic for your former employed life, especially when your child refuses to potty train or scribbles on the wall. And just because you’re saying, “Buh-bye” to the office doesn’t mean you’re ending your relationship with your work colleagues. Maintaining those relationships outside of the office is healthy for you. In the future, returning to the workforce may also be a catalyst for a career change that you’ve put off. You could start a business from home and enroll in school to upgrade your skillset.

You don’t have to multi-task... as much.

A work life and home life balance can be tricky. Being a mother involves incessant multi-tasking and routinely compiling mental to-do lists. Add a job to the mix and your juggling skills shift into overdrive. You deserve a break from running a household and holding down a job. As a stay-at-home mother, you can focus on what’s in front of you in the moment and not have your mind wander to work deadlines and upcoming sales presentation.

You enjoy a certain type of freedom.

Trade in your office attire for active wear. You don’t have to contend with rush hour traffic or scramble to be on time to drop off or pick up your kids from childcare or school. Grocery shop on a Tuesday morning without battling crowds. Stand in short queues at gas stations, stores, museums and art galleries on weekdays. Take the kids to the movies any day of the week. These are some of the other bonuses of choosing to be a stay-at-home mom.

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