Though rewarding, being a stay-at-home mom isn t easy. In fact, many women are surprised to find it s the hardest job they ve ever had. Days spent without a single adult conversation, quieting your child s screams in the store, cleaning bloody knees, carpooling, disciplining, doing laundry, changing diapers, packing lunches, cleaning house and planning meals may leave you wondering, Is this really worth it? The I m just a mom syndrome attacks routinely, suggesting the world is moving on without you while you watch Barney with your 3-year-old. If you re battling discontentment and feeling isolated and misunderstood, the information here will encourage you as you perform the most important job in the world.
Making Good Decisions
What to do about avoidance one of the biggest time wasters around.
Safe at Home
Staying at home with the kids isn't necessarily the "easy way out" of working.
Questions and Answers
What would you and your wife do if the resources permitted her to stay at home after the kids were in school?
Do you feel it is still important to have Mom at home in the teen years?
I love our baby a lot and wouldn't trade him for anything in the world, but I don't understand why I'm so depressed.
I'm about to leave my position as a corporate executive to become a full-time, stay-at-home mom. What can I do to make this transition go smoothly?
We need a little more income to make it in my family, but I have preschool children and don't want to seek employment outside the home. Is there an alternative for me to pursue?
How Motherhood Changed Me
If you've been through an experience related to this topic, we invite you to share your story with others.
One professional woman recounts her first few weeks at home, alone, with her new baby.
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Other Things to Consider
Even Though We Ain't Got Money ¦
That phrase live on love kept bringing to mind a song they played on the radio when I was a kid. I scoffed at its utter lack of common sense.
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