Monday, February 16, 2015

How to be a Working Mom When You Want to Stay Home



This week will mark a month now that I've been working outside the home again, after staying home nearly 14 months with my first child.

This isn't something that I would have chosen we had any other options. I'm still sad when I have to leave Juliet and go into the office. In this transition, I've found a few things that really have helped.

Work part-time if that's an option.
Luckily, I found a job close to my home and enough pay that I can work 20 hours a week and still bring in enough income to help my family. Another option I was looking into was evening hours so I could spend more time with her during my days.

Incorporate your kids in the things that you have to do during your time off. 
Take them grocery shopping with you, let them "help" with folding laundry or picking up the house. Just getting to spend that time with them makes a huge difference.

Make the most of your time. 
When you are home, really be present for your kid(s). Put up the phone, the computer, or whatever else gets distracting and talk or play. I know this is something I sometimes struggle with, especially when there's a ton of things to do. But, honestly? I'm never going to get this time back and lately I've become all too much aware of that.

Work hard to make this just a season, not a solution. 
If you were at the point I was, most likely you had been cutting back as much as possible. Work was the last option you wanted to take. Make that a motivator in saving everything extra that you have after the bills are paid. Figure out a goal of what you need to be able to get back home and let that motivate you to get through this season of your life.

Are you a working mom that wants to be a SAHM? How do you deal with this season of life? 

9 comments:

  1. I am a stay at home mom wishing to earn alittle income blogging and even that takes time. To keep up social media with promoting sponsors, investing in a camera and new hosted website as well as keep up with a weekly link up and three posts a week it can be rough. Thank you for your tips. My hardest thing is putting the smartphone down.
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

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    1. Yeah I totally get it. That's kind of the plan with this eventually, but right now I've gotta work outside of the home at least part time. I know what you mean though! Most of my evenings are spent on the computer.

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  2. I hear ya sister! I work from home with my little guy (20 months) ... and all of it has been a transition. It's so hard when I need to get things done and he needs my attention. It's all such a juggling act. Best of luck!

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    1. I can imagine. Trying to blog with my little one makes it difficult sometimes. I feel like we should all get a little bit of a learning curve! :)

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  3. I love your heart in this post. It's so precious that you want to stay home with Juliet, but you're willing to do what's best for your family. God will reward your obedience and desire to be a good mom! Hugs!

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    1. Aww thank you so much! It's really great to hear that. It's so hard when you want to be home when you can't . Luckily I am still able to be home quite a bit!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this and being so open. I have been reading the book Hands Free Mama. It has helped me focus on spending quality time with my family and others instead of on my phone. You're right, we will never get this time back, and it goes so fast!

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    1. That sounds like an awesome book! I will have to check it out. It's so hard to do and honestly I catch myself and cringe because I see her watching me. I don't want her to think that's normal. I'm constantly reminding my hubby too, just because we both know it's an important thing.

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  5. I've always been a working mom, but as my family has grown and my kids are getting older, I find myself wanting to spend more time with them. Unfortunately our finances dictate that I work full time. But your other ideas really hit home for me. I do spend time online and watching TV when I could be more present for my kids. Its that "too much to do" syndrome. Thank you for the post.

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