Becoming a Stay-At-Home Mom

For the last four years I have clumsily struggled as a working mom. But here’s the secret: all along my heart’s desire has been to be at home folding cloth diapers and whipping up homemade delights.  In fact, my yearning to get home with my baby is what started me on the journey towards being a published author and a blogger.

So was it our massive profits that finally earned me the freedom to take a one year leave of absence from teaching?  Hardly. (Although we do expect our book to become wildly famous and translated into sixty four languages one of these days.)  A robust savings account combined with my husband’s new job allows me to finally take a break from thirteen straight years of teaching adolescents.

Maybe I crave the opportunity to stay at home simply because it wasn’t an option all this time.  I’m a highly extraverted person and a bit worried about how I’ll fare without structure or schedules, but so far it’s just sheer joy.   If I still had a newborn it would have been harder, but since my oldest is nearly four and my one year old is now sleeping through the night, it’s glorious to be at home with them.  (Note, although their ages are just about right, the photo is not of us!)

Am I torn about leaving my job?  Nope.  Because although I adore working with middle schoolers, I love this grand and humbling task of parenting even more.  I know that I’m still in the honeymoon stage as a stay-at-home mom and that sometimes the tantrums and endless dishes will nearly defeat me, but for now I’m grateful that our lifestyle of voluntary simplicity has provided us with the opportunity to take this leap.  If you are aching to work less and spend more time at home, read The Eco-nomical Baby Guide for tips on how to save thousands in the first year alone.  It worked for us!

Comments

  1. Congratulations! I hope you are able to continue to enjoy being at home with your kids. I know I love it!

  2. Congrats! I don’t miss work either, and I am far beyond the honeymoon stage. Most of my friends who work with kids do not like it and wish they were home more. But I also know many women eager to get back to work after having a baby. It probably will help you that you enjoy folding diapers and cooking. I guess I just never had my identity that tied to my job, or was never that in love with my job, although I also taught, and loved the kids (most of the time). I think teaching kind of helps prepare you for stay-at-mom-hood — somewhat thankless, low pay, lots of lip service about how wonderful you are while secretly pitying/looking down on you. I checked my ego at the door when I became an elementary school teacher, and I think that makes it easier for me to say I’m a mom at the college reunion.

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