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Becoming a Work-at-Home Mom—Pros and Cons After 1 month

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It was almost a year ago I started thinking about becoming a work-at-home mom. I knew after D was born that I was going to want to be home full time. I was already missing Morgan tremendously, and I knew it would only get worse.

And I thought, “I can do this! Easy-Peasy!”

I prepared for it, by getting a few part time gigs, getting our finances in order, and quitting my teaching job.

But already after a month it feels like someone pulled the rug out from under me and I’m scrambling to find my balance before I fall flat on my face.

This is hard work, man.

It’s the hardest I’ve ever worked in my life. Because with 2 kids and 4 part-time positions that I’m balancing, my to-do list never ends, and the items on it hang precariously dependent on the other items and whether they get done or not. I wake up at 2:30am to teach classes and go to bed when the kids do.

It’s magical, though. Because being able to share smiles and laughs with my children all day, every day, is more than I could have ever dreamed! Singing them to sleep for their naps and finding special things that we all look forward to every day is absolutely one of the reasons I signed up for this crazy journey called motherhood.

Pros and Cons to Becoming a Work-At-Home Mom

Cons

Work-Life Balance is more weighty than ever.

I thought it was tough being a working mom. Phew! A work-at-home mom is even more demanding… at least the way I’ve chosen to do it.

I am my own boss. Finding time to work on my 4 jobs while I watch, feed, change, play with, and parent my children is more than I really need to juggle at once. Don’t even get me started on self-discipline and accountability

(Did I mention I get up at 2:30am every day? Yup, that’s how tough it is.)

Career Identity still suffers

It’s amazing how much you associate with your career—how much it defines you.

I’m still teaching, through VIPKid online (which is an amazing gig, by the way), but I still feel a huge loss at not being a full time music teacher.

Pros

Seeing my boys faces whenever I want

This is number one! I’d so rather be annoyed with my toddler or exhausted by my infant than spend my day missing them! There’s no contest here!

And if I’m not annoyed or exhausted? Really, they’re honestly not very annoying or exhausting, even for a toddler and infant! Dude, bonus times a million! This job is worth it!

Not driving to work every day

I can’t even begin to describe my glee at not having to pack the kids in the car at 6am to drop them off at daycare.

It wasn’t terrible last year, but it was dreadfully time consuming. And the daily goodbyes made my poor heart ache.

Finances

Yes, this is actually in the pros column!

With a child comes HUGE financial responsibility. So our costs were going to go up regardless.

But it turns out, it’s actually financially more sound to quit work full time to stay at home. The amount we’re saving by NOT having the kids in daycare is truly astounding.

Of course, I’m also not putting as much toward retirement, but I’m hoping as my Arbonne business begins to grow (as does my blog) that will change.

(Who wants to retire from work anyway?!) which brings me to my last point.

I am still able to keep my brain (somewhat) sharp

Having children kills your brain cells, it’s true. But being able to still find things to do and express myself creatively is absolutely essential to who I am as a person. I absolutely have to do some kind of work, and I’ve found the perfect things to occupy my time during naps.

I blame my mom… she always has some sort of project going on, and so do I!

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Even though it’s tough, being a work-at-home mom has been kind of the dream job that I’ve always been looking for! If you’re thinking about becoming a work-at-home mom, I absolutely hands-down recommend it. You won’t regret it!

Becoming a Work at Home Mom, Pros and Cons.
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  1. Working at home is such a blessing, we both work on the business together my husband and I so feel doubly blessed to do this together as well as homeschool 4 of our our 6 children. It is hard though juggling our days as well as finding time for each other. (whenever did we find time to go to work???)
    Catherine

  2. Being a stay at home is an adjustment at first that feels so insane. I remember those days.

  3. Kari

    Being a work at home mom is definitely harder than I anticipated! But 2:30am wake up? Girl, you’re hardcore! I consider it it a triumph if I’m up at 6 😊

    1. Dawn Perez

      I have friends who will tell me, “I was up until 2 last night!” and I think… yeah… that’s when I got up!! It’s pretty crazy! But moms will do what they need to for their kiddos! It’s what works for us!

  4. Lorena

    Girl, the struggle is real, I feel ya. I love being able to see my son grow up, but It’s so hard to want to be able to work and progress when you literally cannot. Therefore you end up using all of your only downtime– naps and bedtime. Then you are more and more exhausted each day. Life is rought!

  5. Being a work at home mom is both rewarding and exhausting! I love the ability to work from home and to be here for my children but it is hard to get a little “me time” to get work done.

  6. Love this perspective! Being a work at home mom is definitely hard work, especially the balancing! But it is SO worth it!

    -Jennifer

  7. I was searching up passive income and researching/watching a bunch of videos so I can maybe stay at home and postpone having to leave the house. There’s so much I want to do but I agree it’s so difficult. I’m a single mom so it’s a little hard for me to even work as both parents but definitely worth it for my little boy

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