The Joys Of A Stay At Home Mom
Part job. Part passion. All joy.
Being a stay-at-home mom allows you to focus on what you love most—caring for your family.
Playing in the park with your preschooler. Watching your sixth-grader's star turn in the school play. Mingling at after-hours business gatherings with your husband. You make time count instead of counting time.
You appreciate the extra time with loved ones because you know you are shaping lives while making memories. Sixty percent of Americans say children are better off when a parent stays home to focus on the family, and stay-at-home moms spend an average of 18 hours a week on child care compared with 11 hours for working mothers, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.
You can make all of the doctors appointments, practices and performances that you—and perhaps also your significant other—would otherwise miss. You draw comfort knowing that your family is comforted by knowing that you will always be there when needed.
You can also care for your aging parents or other loved ones who may need assistance. They would much prefer to be with you than with a stranger, and you can help them save money on hiring help.
Here are some other joys of being a stay-at-home mom, according to a Parenting.com article about “the new stay-at-home mom.”
- Afternoon naps. You can offset those sleepless nights with newborns by sleeping when they do during the day.
- Lots and lots of flexibility. You can run errands on your schedule, not your boss's.
- Having a well-rounded life. You can kibitz with friends over lunch, volunteer at church or contribute time to improving your community.
- Savoring every experience. You can enjoy being in the moment with your child, whether it be reading their favorite book together or rocking them to sleep at night.
The joys of being a stay at home mom are innumerable, but they all involve loving what you do and doing it to the best of your ability. Making life better for your family makes life better for you.
About the author: Pam Fortier has been in the life insurance business for over 30 years. She also holds both a LUTCF designation and a CISR designation. Pam is adept at helping clients select the coverage they want at the price they can afford. You can contact Pam at 1-800-651-1953 or PFortier@Pivot.com.