Being a stay-at-home mom...aww, it's wonderful! haha So often that's the impression you get when you talk to other stay-at-home moms. But the truth is, it's not all roses and sugar plums! I have only been a stay-at-home mom for a two and half months now and I've already seen how tough this job is. People that say a stay-at-home mom doesn't work are idiots. They obviously have never done the job. I have had the experience of having a job outside the home (as a second grade teacher) so I know what I'm talking about. I can compare the two jobs and speak from experience. Here's a quick comparison of pros and cons...
Working outside the home (as a teacher) vs. Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM)
- Working outside the home meant I had a set schedule. I woke up at 5:30am, got dressed, went to work, and came home by 5pm everyday. Being a SAHM means I am at the mercy of my child. Yes, we have a daily schedule, but Hannah doesn't always adhere to it. ;-)
- Being a SAHM allows be to stay in my pajamas all day, if I want. Working outside the home meant I had to shower before work, do my hair, and wear makeup.
- Working outside the home allowed me to have a lunch break (even if it was only 30 minutes). Being a SAHM means I don't eat lunch until Hannah goes down for her afternoon nap (somewhere around 2pm). And that lunch is often interrupted by a crying baby.
- Being a SAHM means I don't miss any part of Hannah's life. Working outside the home now would mean that I would have to miss out so many things with Hannah.
- Working outside the home gave me an opportunity to interact with adults and have friends I saw on a daily basis. Being a SAHM means that I rarely see any adults, beside Brian and friends are few and far between.
- Being a SAHM means I don't have the stress of a boss looking over my shoulder. Working outside the home meant I had to meet certain criteria and perform to someone else's standards.
- Working outside the home meant I could go to work and then come home to relax. Being a SAHM means I am never done with my job. I don't have the luxury of leaving work at work. I am on the clock 24/7.
So why do I do it? Why am I am SAHM? I do it because God called me to be a mother and care for my children. I do it because my family needs me to do it. I do it because I feel that it is in Hannah's best interest for me to be at home with her. I do it because if I didn't, I know I would regret it someday.