I wrote this article a while back, and it might be helpful to some parents, so I'm sharing it here today.
|Good thing I usually publish my photos instead of my drawings, right?!|
Five Tips on How to Succeed when Your Job is to Be at Home
# 1: Remember you have a job, and the benefits are priceless.Think about what it would cost to pay someone to do all that you do. I posted a hotel laundry price guide near my washing machine to remind me of the value of my efforts! Salary.com annually calculates a hypothetical salary for stay-at-home moms. The 2013 US National Median average amount they calculated is $113,568! On Salary.com, you can even calculate your own “mom salary”. I didn't - my family wouldn't be able to afford me!
# 2: Remember who you were before you became "Mommy or Daddy."I learned that I could be a better mother if I had a small amount of time each week to be just "Susan" instead of "Mommy." Horseback riding was my outlet - find whatever works best for you, leave your children with someone you trust, and schedule some time just for yourself each week.
# 3: Remember your reasons for becoming a stay-at-home parent.Some people assume that stay-at-home parents should volunteer for everything. Learn to say "no" when you feel these efforts might interfere with your reasons for staying home. When my children were small, an employed acquaintance hinted that I should watch her children every day. I had trouble declining, until my husband reminded me that the reason we gave up my income was so I could focus on our own children.
#4: Remember - Just because you stay home, your house won't always be perfect!A stay-at-home parent doesn't always have more time for housework than an employed parent. Children in the house all day can mean the only cleaning you get done is picking up toys! I have often said, "I'm a stay-at-home mom who is never home," due to many, many hours spent volunteering and transporting kids. Expectations of domestic perfection are unrealistic!
#5: Remember- This time will go by quickly!At some point it may no longer feel right for you to stay home. Remaining current in your previous career or learning new skills can make transitioning back to employment less stressful. The decision of whether or not to be a stay-at home parent - and for how long - must simply be based on what works best for you and your family.
Following these tips will make you a happier stay-at-home parent.
|My husband brought our kids to a horse show I rode in. It was good for them to see me in a different role than Mommy!|
What Other Tips Would You Add Here?