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I looked at my husband with tears in my eyes,
“I can’t do this anymore, we can’t do this anymore”.
He shook his head in agreement, “I know, but what can we do? We can’t afford for you to stay home”.
“I know, but we need to find a way, if we keep going like this we won’t make it, especially with a new baby, I really feel like God is calling me to stay home”.
My eyes pleaded with home to just give it a chance.
Thankfully, he did. That was over 8 years ago and I have been home ever since. For us, it has been a different dynamic then other households where the mom is home. I have always in some way, contributed to our family income. First as an in home child care provider, and now as a freelancer. I have worked out of both necessity and out of a desire to get out of debt.
However, even though I have worked, my family and our home has always been number one. I truly believe the value of a stay at home mom comes with an immeasurable price tag. Because of this value, we have made many sacrifices to make sure I have been able to work, while being home with my family. I feel that a work at home mom benefits her family in many ways, but for me there are four that stand out.
This is a no brainer really. Most work at home moms work because there is an income need. However, sometimes there isn’t really a need for the income, but it helps. This has been the case for us many times. What started out as a need, has turned into just enjoying the extra income. It allows us to spend money on holidays, birthdays, vacations and the occasional family night out. It also has allowed us to plow away a good portion of our debt, and has helped when my husband has had a lay off, or an unexpected medical expense has arisen.
A work at home mom benefits her family by providing an income that can help with the family finances, or offer a little bit of extra “cushion” for a rainy day.
Working from home has allowed me time with my kids that I could never get back. I realized this when my youngest was born. With my oldest I worked outside the home when she was an infant and I had no clue how much of her life I missed until Kristen was born and I was actually home with her every day. It has also allowed me time to go with them on field trips, educate them at home, and be involved in their day to day lives. Now, many moms are able to do this while working outside of the home. But, for me I always felt like my family or my job were getting the short end of the stick.
A work at home mom benefits her family by having time to spend with the kids each day and to take care of all the things on the home front that needs done. Time with our kids is something you can never get back, and working from home allows you to be there , while earning an income.
My kids see me work every day, and they know how hard I work to balance my time effectively. They have seen me persevere and reach goals, they have cheered with me when I sold my first eBook, and have listened to me read articles, and blog posts. They also helped me hang business signs and read books to the babies when I ran my in home daycare. My businesses have really been family businesses that they have believed in with me.
A work at home mom benefits her family by demonstrating perseverance each day, and by rallying her family behind her each step of the way.
The biggest benefit I think to being able to work from home has been stability. Not in the sense of job security, because even when you work from home there is always a chance of NOT having work, but in the sense that I have provided my children with stability from day one.
They know who is going to be here in the morning when they get up and who is going to put them to bed each night. They know that if they are sick, it is going to be me taking care of them.
My husband knows that if he gets stuck at work, his kids are safe and at home with their mother. This has also allowed him to take jobs that may not have otherwise worked out if we were both working outside the home.
A work at home mom benefits her family by providing them with the stability of an income AND the benefit of having someone at home each day with the kids.
Working from home has been a win/win situation for our family. Has there been challenges? Of course, but life will always have those. The important thing is to remember why you are doing it, and what benefits your family will see from it. And for us, those benefits have outweighed the challenges tenfold.
Do you work from home? What benefits have you noticed?
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