Having kids and raising a family are, in my opinion, one of the greatest blessings in your life! I have been so fortunate to have three healthy kids and an amazing marriage. Raising a family adds tremendous joy and energy to your life – along with new challenges and experiences.
For many women, a large challenge they face is a dilemma with their career. Yes, you can work and have a family but it is more difficult to juggle both and my sincere applause to women who do this. How much work that is! Between driving and picking up from day care, meal time, bath time, homework, grocery shopping, housework, paying bills, school info that needs to be turned in, kids activities, is it really any wonder there isn’t any time left for you? Staying home has its equal amount of challenges, you have to do all of the above but on top of that you feel since you aren’t “going” to work now you should be able get all of this done since you’re home. But remember this Stay-At-Homers, you have someone else dictating your schedule and demanding your attention. And if you were in the workforce you won’t even realize the things you may miss – like adult conversation and bringing home a paycheck.
I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home with my children when they were young and went back to work part-time when my youngest was in first grade with the luxury of flex-time since I was able to work in our family business. I will not pretend to imagine the balancing act of those moms who work outside of the home full-time, I will say though, if you choose to stay home with children, it is a challenge to get your career back on track if you choose to do so. With our family business, I was able to do the bookwork for our business from home, keeping the gaps out of my resume and continuing to build on my skills. I would highly recommend if you are staying home to keep your skills sharp in some shape or form, especially with our ever changing world of technology. Perhaps taking computer classes from the local college, if you like to write enter contests, volunteer at your school or church or find some type of freelance work you can do. Many of you may never have a desire to return to work and there is nothing wrong with that, but you just never know what life has in store for you and it can’t hurt to keep your skills sharp just in case.
I am back to working full-time, outside of the family business and although there are mornings I don’t feel like dragging my hind-end out of bed, I enjoy working and all the social interaction that goes along with it. Being a mom is an ever changing balancing act! As soon as you feel like you get parts of it down, schedules change, kids continue to grow up on you and you’re back to re-balancing again.
Never underestimate all you can do, whether you’re working outside of your home full-time, part-time or staying home. All of these roles have unique challenges, we need to support one another and remember we’re all just trying to do the same thing here –be the best version of our self we can be!
Make it a Great Day!