This post is part of the Work at Home Mom Blog Series Hosted By Becca Day
Being a mom is a job and a hard one at that! It’s not all smiles and laughter all the time and it’s possibly the hardest you’ll ever do. Its a job of stress, sleep deprived, aggravation and guilt. However its also a job of love, peace, happiness, and fulfillment.
Being a mom is not always enough, while some seek further involvement and interaction. Some will go back to work, and others will stay home and start a side job. If you’re a mom that is considering working from home, then this is the series for you!
Over the next month myself and four other wonderful mom bloggers, will take you into our worlds and show you what being a work at home mama is all about. Make sure to go and subscribe to all of the blogs in the series so that you don’t miss a thing!
Scroll to the bottom of this post to see other episodes in this series.
HERE ARE THE BLOGS PARTICIPATING:
Becca Day – Homemakers in Action
Sara Robins – Get Mom Balanced
Andrea Kelly –Messy Nest Mama
April Walker – Mojitos & Munchkins
Why I Chose To Be A WAHM- NEW SERIES!!
Most women dream of being successful woman. Having a great job, benefits, and a 401k retirement plan. As I hit adulthood my dream was a little different. I always dreamt of being a stay at home mom. I wanted to get married and have a huge family that I took care of. My dream involved dirty diapers, wiping tears, piles of laundry, and cooking 3 meals a day. This is what I wanted so bad, we are talking white picket fence and the works.
When my husband and I first met, we didn’t try to conceive until years later. I was pursuing my education while working dead end job after another. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my jobs but the money and benefits just wasn’t there. When we finally started trying to extend our family, someone else had a different plan. We tried for years. We tried so hard that I basically lost all hope that I would ever have children.
With that in mind, I jumped into the workforce with both feet. I was going to be successful and nothing was going to stop me. I did it to. I honestly was so proud of myself. I gave it everything I had and my devotion paid off. I landed a desk job in Engineering within a great company. I was paid well and I had benefits, also included was weekends and holidays off. The best part about this job was that I actually loved the work. Everyday I was pushed to new limits and I was learning so much. My plan was to retire from this job, it was perfect in every way I could hope for.
After a year, I found out I was pregnant. Although my plans were changing once again, my dreams were coming true. Trying to make everything work, I planned to go back to work after I had the baby. After a lot of discussion and failed attempts we then decided that I would stay home with our child.
I don’t have the white picket fence but my dreams have come true. I absolutely am in love with being able to stay home to take care of my children. I gave up a lot but I have gained a lot more.
I don’t have a 401k plan but I have morning cuddles and lots of kisses. I don’t have weekends and holidays off but I have two pretty amazing boys that I spend every minute with. There isn’t good money staying at home but I love being able to raise my kids with respect, patience, and love.
I’m a WAHM as far as babysitting and blogging. I babysit during the day while my husband is at work. My toddler and the boy I babysit are very close in age. Babysitting gives my son a playmate and he helps with his social interaction. I started blogging to get social interaction for myself. I love my children but a mother needs adult communication also. I get this through blogging. It’s also my go to place when I need to relieve some stress or when I want to relax. I usually blog during my children’s naptime, bedtime, and sometimes an hour or two in the evenings while my husband is home. I also have a side cleaning business. I clean houses some evenings, after my husband gets home from work. It’s not the work that I had in mind but it works for us. It’s enough to help out and keep me home with my boys.
I’m very thankful for what I’m able to do and most of all, I’m thankful for the mans plan. Someone had something very special in store for me, I just didn’t know it at the time.
Other episodes in this series:
Homemakers In Action – How (And Why) You Should Create A WAHM Schedule
Get Mom Balanced– Creating Daily Balance As a Work at Home Mom
Messy Nest Mama – 10 Must Haves For The Work At Home Mom
Mojitos & Munchkins- Knowing When To Unplug
Final Series- A Day In The Life of 5 Work At Home Mamas