You're wondering if you should become a stay-at-home mom. But you're on the fence about making the transition from working mom to stay-at-home mom. Weigh the pros and cons to decide which role is right for your family. Start with these 10 reasons why you should stay home with the kids.
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Sometimes finances play a big part in your decision to be a stay-at-home mom. Child care is expensive and can eat up almost every dollar of your paycheck. Add up your paycheck and start taking out child care, gas and your work wardrobe and you may be left with pennies or even be in the red.
This is especially true if you have more than one child, need after-school care or night care. In other words, sometimes it's just plain cheaper for you to stay home with the kids rather than to work... outside of the home.
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Is easy to think you'll never get back to where you were in your career if you quit your job to stay home with the kids. But if you want to stay home, there's plenty you can do to cover your employment gap, from taking classes for women that can enhance your career to volunteering your time in a related field.
With a few extra steps, you can go back to work when you're ready with a resume that doesn't have glaring holes in it while you stayed home to raise your children.... You'll quickly resume your position on the career ladder and even climb more steps up that ladder.
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Let's face it. Life is full of stress and work is just another factor in that stress level, regardless of what you do for a living.
Kids give us plenty of stress on their own. Add in your work responsibilities, trying to find time with your spouse and raising your kids and it might just be enough to make you want to trade your paycheck for some time away from the office. You can be a happy stay-at-home mom whose main source of stress is her kids, which isn't that bad of a problem to have.
04 of 10Being a stay-at-home mom can be much easier on the whole family. You and your spouse aren't juggling schedules all the time to decide who's going to pick up which child, from where and at what time.
You're the master of the family schedule and being there all the time can be much easier on the entire family.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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When you're a stay-at-home mom, you're pretty much guaranteed you'll be there for all of your children's major milestones. You won't miss the first time baby sits up, takes those first steps or says her first words.
You'll always be able to say you were there for baby's firsts. No need for Skype or day care cams to see what your child is doing. You're there, literally, every step of the way.
06 of 10As much as we don't want to think about it, our kids are growing up every single second of the day. When they're all grown up, that's it. There's no getting that time back.
Yes, being a stay-at-home with your kids full-time is a challenge some days but you'll never be able to put them in a time machine and make them little again.
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When you stay home with the kids, you are their teacher. You're their first influence before they head off to school and you're continually teaching them something new.
While you can always make time for your children whether you work or stay home, being a stay-at-home mom gives you more learning opportunities to discover throughout your day together.
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Focusing 100% on your family doesn't mean working moms aren't dedicated to their families or aren't thinking of their kids throughout the day. That's just fuel for the ridiculous mommy wars, which no mom needs to engage in. Working moms just have work commitments that stay-at-home moms don't.
Stay-at-home moms have it easy in this area. They don't have to worry about day care being closed, that big deadline for work, who's going to take care of the kids when you're... on that business trip next week or how you're going to tell your boss you have to leave to go pick up your sick child from school. The focus is on the family without work distractions and other complications the working mom has to deal with on a daily basis.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Staying home with your kids is truly rewarding. There's a reason women quit their jobs, never to return to the workforce, and it's not because they're lazy.
No one's saying being a stay-at-home mom is going to be easy. You'll have days you wish you could fix your hair, put on your high heels and dash out the door for an 8-hour work day. As you adjust to your life as a stay-at-home mom, though, you'll find the rewards come to you on a daily basis.
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How many times have you heard someone say, "I never should've been a stay-at-home mom"? Exactly.
Still, life at home with the kids all the time can be frustrating. But you'll never regret being with them just about 24/7.