Reasons to Be a Stay-At-Home Mom
Being a stay-at-home mom has many amazing benefits and if you are considering ditching the nine-to-five to take care of your kiddos, this post will offer 21 reasons to be a stay-at-home mom.
Not to knock the working moms, they are phenomenal too! In fact, I did both at one point and now I work from home, so go figure!
Yet, being a stay-at-home mom is not always an easy choice. If this is something you have been considering, read more to find out why I decided to leave my well-paying job, with security and benefits to stay at home with my kids.
21 Reasons I am Extremely Grateful for Choosing to Become a Stay-At-Home Mom
Becoming a stay-at-home mom is a dream for most women. But before they can make this happen, they need to consider a few things including the reasons they want to be a stay-at-home mom.
In this article, I will talk about 21 reasons that will help you decide if staying at home is right for you and why I love it!
21 Reasons to Become a Stay-at-Home Mom
#1 Spend time with your kids
One thing your kids will always remember is how much time you spent with them. If you feel like you don’t see them enough, or your time is rushed due to work, being a stay-at-home mom will help you find quality time to spend with your littles.
#2 Never miss a milestone
When my son went to daycare, they promised not to tell me if he hit a milestone, such as walking. Luckily, he didn’t learn to walk until the summer (at nine months) and I was there to see it (I was a teacher, so summers off).
I would have been so heartbroken, had I missed that milestone. I am so glad I was there for every tooth loss, crawling, walking, eating solids and so on. There were so many first and I got to experience them all.
#3 Save Money
Have you checked the price of childcare in your area? I don’t know about you, but my husband’s work daycare was around $800 per month. With the cost of me driving to work and other expenses at daycare, it was a money-saver to stop paying $800 per month when I decided to be a stay-at-home mom.
You will have to do the calculations using your take-home pay and see if it is worth it for you to stay at home before your children enter kindergarten.
#4 Family bonding
You will be well bonded with your child. Often a child will bond with a certain daycare worker or babysitter when mom works, and this is healthy. Yet, if you are a stay-at-home mom, your child will bond with you most.
#5 Follow a Routine
If you are working different schedules, it may be difficult to find a balance and routine. Yet, if you are at home you can manage any routine you want (of course within reason with kids’ unpredictability).
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#6 You are the main influence
If you feel strongly about family values including religion or spirituality, you will be the main influence on your child. This is especially good if you don’t want your child exposed to certain language or behaviors.
You can also monitor the television your child watches and make sure they are not on screen time too long.
#7 Consistent Discipline
It will be confusing to your child if there is more than one set of rules or consequences. If you are at home, you can be consistent with discipline. We used to say “If I hit, I will sit.” when my son was going through a hitting phase, which didn’t last long since I was able to watch him and stay consistent.
#8 Easy to make appointments
It is much easier to schedule well visits, doctor’s appointments, dental visits, and the like when you are at home and don’t have any other commitments.
You can also be flexible if an opening comes up or you want to change an appointment due to other schedule changes such as outings you would like to attend.
We were also able to take family trips for a cheaper price since my schedule was more flexible.
#10 Less crowded event times
We liked to plan events during less crowded times. When my kids were younger, we would avoid weekends at the zoo, or go when kids were in school. It is much easier to manage when you have toddlers.
#11 Easier to cook/clean
You will have more time to plan meals and if you are like me, break in your instant pot. You can keep your house “cleaner” and I say that because we all know our houses will never truly be clean with kids around.
#12 Children feel safe and secure
Your child will have bonded with you and feel safe and secure in knowing you are there for him or her.
#13 Easier to take care of when sick
When I worked, my son got ear infections and his medication also gave him diarrhea which he was not allowed in daycare with this condition. My husband and I had to pick him up several times and call in when he had fevers. It was stressful.
After staying home the following year, I never had to worry about this and I could take care of my baby when he was sick.
#14 Monitor what kids watch
Worried about shows or screen time? If you are at home, you have control over when your child watches television or plays on a screen, what they are allowed to watch, and when you need to use that screen time for yourself.
#15 Mornings are more relaxing
No more getting bottles or lunches ready, kids dressed and then being rushed out the door. You can start your morning on the right food and keep your frazzled mom’s voice to yourself.
#16 Work from home
If you are like me and still want to earn money, you can work from home. My main income comes from teaching online and blogging. I run another blog with a tutorial on how to start a blog. You can check it out here or look at this post on 21 mom jobs. Enjoy!
#17 Don’t have to dress up
Keep on those black leggings and comfy sweatshirts all day. If you aren’t going to work, not need to get all dolled up today. Just say comfortable so you can chase your baby around.
#18 Monitor food
You can keep track of the food your child eats. This is especially important if your child is having any sort of food allergies or tummy troubles. It makes it easier to monitor.
#19 Mom playdates
We joined a mom’s club and attended playdates with other moms. It was fun and we made a lot of good friends we still keep in touch with.
#20 Rest as needed
If you need a rest, just plop down on the couch and make sure your room is secure so your child can play close by.
#21 Lots of snuggles
Do you love snuggling your kids as much as I do? You can have lazy mornings watching Thomas the Train, snuggled up in a blanket on the couch! Doesn’t that sound wonderfully amazing?
21 Reasons to be a Stay-at-Home Mom Final Thoughts…
If you are considering being a stay-at-home mom, I hope these reasons helped you make your decision to stay at home with your kids. Being a stay-at-home mom isn’t always easy, but after staying home for nine years with my kids, it is so worth it.