Maybe you are a mom who has always dreamed about being a stay-at-home mom but wants to know more about it. Maybe you have a friend or family member who is a stay-at-home mom, and you want to know more.
No matter who you are, this article can help you know more about being a stay-at-home mom either for yourself or so you understand what your family member or friend is doing all day.
Stay-at-Home Mom Definition
When you look up the definition of a stay-at-home mom, it defaults to the definition for housewife.
“A housewife (also known as a home keeper) is a woman whose work is running or managing her family’s home—caring for her children; buying, cooking, and storing food for the family; buying goods that the family needs for everyday life; housekeeping, cleaning and maintaining the home; and making, buying and/or mending clothes for the family—and who is not employed outside the home.” (1)
Now, this definition is for an outdated and old fashioned term, but it still works as a definition of a stay-at-home mom. Depending on your situation and lifestyle, your spouse or significant other might help you with some of these responsibilities.
If you have a need for them to help, I think it is important to talk about it with them and make your needs clear. Just because this is the definition it doesn’t mean it is set in stone.
There are some other miscellaneous things that fall under a stay-at-home mom’s domain as well. And just like the other tasks that fall under a stay-at-home mom’s jurisdiction, if you needed help to accomplish these tasks, it is possible they could be delegated.
- Sick Children
When your children are sick, it is your responsibility to make the doctor’s appointment, take them to the appointment, fill the prescription, administer the medicine, and care for them.
- All Kinds of Errands
Now it is true you are in charge of the grocery shopping and the errands that are associated with that task. If the cars in your household need maintenance, you are responsible for getting that done.
- Financial Manager
Depending on your situation, you might be in charge of the daily managing of money. Since you are the one doing all the shopping and running other errands, it might be up to you to make sure the money your spouse or significant other is bringing home is covering all of the costs it needs too. This is where knowing how to save money even in small ways can come in handy.
- Emergency Responder
When there is some kind of emergency whether big or small, the stay at home mom is the first one called.
I think another note about the housewife/stay at home mom’s definition is that although it is still true that you are not employed outside of the home, there is no reason why you can’t work from your house either online or offline. The internet is a magical place that offers more opportunities for stay at home moms than ever before.
Benefits of Being a Stay at Home Mom
There are many benefits to being a stay at home mom. Here are 11 of those benefits.
- You Get to Raise Your Own Child
- Save Money
- See All of Your Child’s “Firsts” – first word, first time rolling over, first time sitting up, first time crawling, first real food, first steps, etc.
- Creates a Strong Bond with Your Child
- You Are in Charge of What Your Child’s Being Taught
- Home Runs Smoother
- More Consistent Routine
- You Can Interact with Other SAHM’s (Stay At Home Moms)
- Better Nutrition
- You Can Reject What Everyone Else is Doing and Do Your Own Thing
Struggles You Face as a Stay at Home Mom
There is a lot of good and amazing benefits that can come out of being a stay at home mom. For you and for your children. But that doesn’t mean everything is always rainbows and unicorns. There are challenges that can happen when you are a stay at home mom.
You would think that with all of the things you do to care for your children, to care for the house, and all the errands that you run, boredom would never come. Well, it can. Because even though all of those things can take time and a lot of it, eventually you finish them. Although caring for your child never ends and goes on 24/7, once they go down for a nap you might find you have no idea what to do with your time.
It can be very isolating being with your kids day in and day out. You might not have interaction with another adult human being all day. This can cause feelings of being alone.
Be on the lookout for symptoms of depression. You no longer have an interest in the activities that you once enjoyed. You feeling lackluster about life. You have barely any energy and even though you have little ones to take care of, getting out of bed is a chore. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned about other ways you are feeling, make sure you speak with your healthcare provider. They will be able to get you to the best solution.
- Keeping the House Clean
Maybe this doesn’t seem like a struggle. But when you have babies making constant messes and toddlers bouncing off the walls, it presents a challenge. You might be feeling like you have already cleaned up the house for the umpteenth time that day and it is messy again.
It is okay if your house is not spotless all the time. There I said it. It helps to make a cleaning schedule and then stick to it.
For example, maybe you decide you will clean the kitchen Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Then only clean the kitchen those three days. The kitchen might only stay clean for 5 minutes, but at least you cleaned it. Cleaning all the time is stressful and unhelpful.
- Getting Divorced and Being a Stay-At-Home Mom
You might have been told that you have to work outside of the home once you get divorced. That it is impossible and irresponsible to be a single stay-at-home mom because you will be unable to keep up with financial demands. Personally, I don’t subscribe to this line of thinking. (Probably because I am a single stay-at-home mom myself.) I believe you are perfectly capable as a single stay-at-home mom to provide for your family if you start your own business.
Mama, while it may be true that you will need to temporarily work outside of your home, it doesn’t need to be that way forever. There are so many incredible opportunities available to you to either start a business online or to start a business from your home.
I believe that if you want to be a stay-at-home mom and you are now the sole breadwinner, I say go for it. You will most likely need to get a job outside of the home, while you are setting up your business, but it is 100% possible. Don’t let others or yourself convince you otherwise.
Making Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom
There are so many ways to make money as a stay-at-home mom. So many, in fact, that if they were all included in this article, it would make for a very long article. I wanted to start your mind working on all of the opportunities that you could be involved with, so I am including some of my favorite ways to make money online. In case you think that you can only make money online from home, here are 5 ways to make money offline.
- Affiliate Marketing
- Virtual Assistant
- Online Teacher
- Wedding Planner
- Dog Walker
- Cake Designer
As a stay-at-home mom, you juggle many different hats. You are not only in charge of the housework and taking care of your children, but making sure your house runs smoothly. There are many benefits to being a stay-at-home mom. And although there can be challenges, the benefits outweigh them. You can even decide to make extra money as a stay-at-home mom by either starting an online or offline business.