Frugal Foodie Mama: Summer Blog Challenge, Day 59- How Does My Life Measure Up to the Vision I Had When I Was Younger...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Summer Blog Challenge, Day 59- How Does My Life Measure Up to the Vision I Had When I Was Younger...

Honestly, when I was younger I never imagined myself wanting to be a stay-at-home mom.  In fact, that was one of THE last things that I wanted to be then.  

When my son was 9 months old, I stayed home with him for four months.  It felt like a VERY  long four months.  Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had also not moved over 7 hours away from all of my family and friends.  I didn't know anyone in our new city, and didn't have very many opportunities to make new friends.  (The internet was just becoming something I used on a regular basis to email my mother, but there was no Facebook, or Twitter, or blogs then. ;) )  After that short stint as a stay-at-home mother, I decided that it was definitely not for me.  I wanted to be a working mom.  And I was just that for over 10 years, mostly working as a middle school and high school teacher.  

Now, I cannot imagine wanting to be anything other than a stay-at-home mama.  I honestly cannot fathom working outside of the home at the moment.  I am hoping that if we continue to budget and scrimp, then I will be able to remain at home with my baby girl until she is ready to start school.  I actually really enjoy being a homemaker now.  (Psssssttt... the me 13 years ago would think that I am absolutely nuts now, just so you know. ;) )  I also love being at home when my son comes home from school, always being available to cheer him on at his cross country and track meets.  I feel like I am gaining all these precious moments that I know I would miss by working outside of the home and gaining a paycheck.

*I am not knocking any parent that works outside of the home, and chooses to not stay at home.  I understand staying at home is not always an option, and is not what works for everyone.  This is just what works for myself and my family right now. :)

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7 comments :

  1. You never told me you were a teacher, too! You've been holding out on me, friend!

    Every time I read one of your posts I find myself nodding along in agreement and this is no exception.

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    1. Yep. I was certified in Social Studies Ed, Grades 7-12. ;)

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  2. I felt the same way when I wrote my post, I didn't want to offend anybody who does work outside the home because I know it doesn't work for everybody. There are days we talk about me getting a different job outside the home, but it wouldn't make up the difference in pay enough to justify childcare costs. I am glad for that, I couldn't imagine dropping off my babies every day. As it is now, my 21 month old has hardly even been with a baby sitter.

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    1. I figure once she starts school I will want to find something part-time. I am just really hoping we can continue swinging it financially until then. It isn't easy. But it is well worth it for us.

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  3. I'm stubbornly refusing to chase after the extra income I would have if I continued working - but I feel so blessed that I can, and love staying home with my daughter! I would have thought some of my choices were nuts too when I was younger - I always thought I would be a working Mom, and I NEVER would have considered home-schooling;P

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  4. We seem to go through seasons of who we want to be. I never wanted to have kids, now I don't know how I could think that. They are too precious to me.

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  5. Staying home and raising my daughters was something I didn't envision after over a decade in the non-profit sector. However, it's also been the most challenging and rewarding time of my life. Enjoyed reading your perspective about the switch from working to being a SAHM.

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