Do you know the difference between Stay At Home Mom and a Work At Home Mom? Is there really a difference?
Let’s forget about the labels just for a few minutes, let’s forget about the last time we judged another mom at the grocery store or restaurant. How about when we see ‘bad’ parenting in the news or on social media? Let’s just strip away all the judgments and think about what it means to be a MOM! I don’t care whether you’re working or staying at home, if you have one child or seven, if you have a nanny or you are a single mom… most of us end up at some point wishing we had just 5 minutes to ourselves each day to regroup or just to drink a glass of water without some little person pulling at you.Do you know the difference between a SAHM & WAHM? Click To Tweet
Part of the reason I started this new blog was so I don’t lose myself in the daily grind of being a mom and working from home. I also manage our home and with everything else that comes with it I felt I needed to separate the two titles before I can function to my fullest capacity. I was recently at a school event and a bunch of other moms was chatting when one of them unknowingly said: “I could never be a stay at home mom!” Just like that she had me thinking; did she mean it in a good way, was it admiration or did she mean that being a stay at home is beneath her? I desperately wanted to ask her but as they say ‘wrong time and place’ 🙂 I’m sure there are a lot of moms out there that aren’t satisfied with how they raising their families but can’t do anything about it for whatever reasons. You do what works, and sometimes we can’t help it. Sometimes there aren’t support for us to do better.
In my case, I left a really high paying job with excellent benefits so I can be home with my first born. I worked part time then eventually wanted to work from home… In fact, I’m continuously trying to earn money from home so that I can one day replace what I sacrificed. However, I’m well aware of how lucky I am to have a supportive husband who is willing to work extra hours so that I can pursue a dream. Choosing which days I work from home or just being a stay at home mom comes with a lot of perks for the entire family, but it does come with a high cost as well. The expectations are high; some days I’m literally trying to console my baby while I cook and simultaneously help my older kids with their homework. I am needed for everything and yet still taken for granted, most days I’m just trying to stay afloat with all the household chores that will never be done. Financially, people think it must be nice to be home and still make money with my e-commerce business, but most work from home opportunities aren’t a guaranteed paycheck and can sometimes take years to develop momentum.
Currently, as I write this blog my ‘to do’ list is getting longer and longer but writing for me is cathartic… I feel like I’ve vented my emotions somehow and the creative process of publishing something that might be useful just fuels me. It gives me an outlet because the next time I’m at the grocery store with my screaming toddler and I see another mom judge me then I would have the strength to just go past her without feeling any less than her.
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