Leaving Work to be a Stay at Home Mom

This is the first September in thirteen years that I am not heading back to school as an educator.  Last week I trekked out to my teaching grounds just in time to see the school buses pulling up out front. Nervous adolescents were trying to contain themselves while the teachers still sported relaxed summer smiles.

What was I doing? Floating above the ground with sheer bliss. My baby anchored me a bit by riding on one hip while my son pulled along on the other side, but I am so happy to be weighted down by these intriguing little people this year.

I greeted my colleagues and cheered them forward into the fray and then drove off to the park for a morning of sandcastles and swinging.

How did we achieve this miracle of being home with kids? Frugality! Living lightly and saving heaps has helped us prepare for this year. Everything we describe in The Eco-nomical Baby Guide that saved us thousands of dollars in the last four years has finally brought us to this point.

Is it easy? Not one bit. I rarely experience silence, rest, or an empty lap, but I am so grateful for the chance to get in on these valuable years with my kids.  I know that staying at home isn’t enjoyable for everyone.  We’re all built differently as moms, but for me, it is a dream come true.

And now that I am home, I have far more time to embrace frugality and green living even more fully. We are regulars at our local goodwill, frequently shop at garage sales, and eat more home baked meals than ever before. It’s great for our kids, great for our family, and pretty fabulous for the planet as well. Yahoo! Free at last!


  1. I am so glad that you get to stay home with your babies! I’m still working on getting to that point, but it’s getting closer. Being home with your kids is so important and I’m really excited for your new “job” of nuturing those kids. Congrats!!

  2. Good for you! It’s the best job ever.

  3. I am going on my 6th year of staying at home with my kids. I am a former Kindergarten teacher. Sure, I miss teaching, but I have my own kids to have fun with now! I love it and I don’t regret the decision one single bit. Enjoy 🙂

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