Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Becoming a Stay-at-Home-Mom: When There Seems Like No Hope

Before kids, I never imagined myself as a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM).  I had a plan.  I would go into teaching right after graduating with my masters degree.  Three years later, I would join an admin program and shortly after become a Principal.  Kids were included in that plan, but as more of an accessory to my successful life.

Fast-forward to my first year of teaching and I was delivering my first baby.  The moment I saw him, I knew that I couldn’t leave him.  Unfortunately, I also knew that we had a mortgage, two car payments, and a dual-income lifestyle.  So, what do you do when you really want to stay home – but it seems hopeless?

Here’s what I did.  It wasn’t easy, and it certainly wasn’t an immediate fix:

Check out the rest of this post at I Can Teach My Child.  I'm thrilled to be guest posting over there today and hope that you'll check it out.  This blog is actually what inspired me to share our lives through Mamas Like Me.  I never thought that people would be interested in the mundane things we did every day until I ran across her site and absolutely fell in love!  

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9 comments:

  1. Found your blog from I can teach my child. I loved it. I stay at home too and run a daycare. It's the best of both worlds for me. Oh and I used to teach and would still like to be a principal one day when my kids are all in school.

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    1. Wow! It's been amazing to me how many people have had such similar experiences! I, too, plan to return to work after all the kids are in school. I'm not sure I'll go into admin - I don't want to give up my summers with the kids, but I know I want to be back in education. It's funny how your life plans can change and bring you so much more joy than you ever thought possible! :)

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  2. Hi Tina! It's fun to meet you. I enjoyed your article on I Can Teach My Child! My husband and I started down Dave Ramsey's path a number of years ago so that I was able to start staying home almost 3 1/2 years ago too! There's no greater joy! Many blessings to you!

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    1. Hi Cindy! I wish that we had gotten serious about Dave sooner! We're still plugging along, but every lit bit is progress :) I'm just so thankful to be able to be home with my kids! I know that not everyone can do it, but I truly believe that if you rely on God and are willing to sacrifice, anything is possible :)

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  3. Hi! I also found your blog from I Can Teach My Child and am now following (and pinned it on Pinterest!) I'm a primary teacher turned stay at home mom too and I actually never really thought I'd be staying home either. It is wonderful staying at home but I am more tired now than I was with a class of 20 6 year olds! I resigned from teaching 2 years ago due to a relocation with my husband's job. I am actually looking to go back to work for next year but if no opportunities come up then I'll continue to stay at home. If you would like you can check out my blog too - I try to do daily crafts, cooking, and other projects with my 3.5 year old. Glad I found your site! Take Care!

    http://bugandmonkeymama.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ali, I am obsessed with Pinterest!! I'm always blown away when I see stuff from the blog that others have pinned :) I know exactly what you mean about staying home! It is by far the hardest thing I have ever done! I looked at going back a few years ago, but after we looked at a few daycare options, I realized that I was never going to be okay with any of them. There was nothing wrong with them, but they just weren't ME! BTW - I checked out your blog last night and it was adorable! I'm totally impressed with the Muffin Tins :)

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  4. I planned to be a stay at home mom and home child care provider LONG before I had children. My thing now is that I want to homeschool my 6 year old (right now she is a half day kinder at a public school). With all the kids and ages and her lack of wanting to sit and do work every day makes homeschooling nearly out of the question. It is hard enough to get her to stop being the ring leader and let me teach the little ones and her. Any suggestions? I dont know any child care providers who homeschool grade schoolers. I need support and advice from people who have beeb there anddon that. I dont know any bloggers who do it. By the way how do you have time to blog?

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    1. Tammy, I have been exactly where you are and I wish I had advice for you. My son would probably sit fine, but like you, I had too many kids and varying ages to feel like I could give him what I wanted him to have homeschooling. We haven't ruled out homeschooling, but for now I had to accept that I can not do everything. Since doing daycare allows me to be home, I had to accept that the best I can do right now is to be there for him when he gets home and be here for all the younger siblings.

      As far as blogging goes, I don't actually blog every day :) I write a few times a week and schedule them to post throughout the week. It also helps that I don't do anything special for the blog. Everything on here is what we do during the day so I just take a few more pictures. (I'm crazy about taking photos of the kids anyway!) I love sharing our days on here, but you'll find that I only check email and catch up on things during naptime or early in the morning :) Thanks for joining us, and please keep me updated on your journey! I'd love to know if you're able to make it work! I only know of one mom who did, and she ended up only taking one other daycare kid so she could make it work. Best of luck to you :)

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