I’ve seen all sides of being a Mum; juggling children, family life and work. Since having my daughter I’ve worked full-time, I’ve worked part-time, I’ve been a stay at home Mum (SAHM) and now I’m a part time work at home Mum and SAHM. I’ve definitely found my happy although it has taken me a long time to get here and to reach that conclusion.
I’m fully aware that it’s not always possible to return to work after having children, or you may not want to for whatever reason. It doesn’t matter. And, there is nothing wrong with that at all, in fact I take my hat off to those Mums who are 100% SAHM.
You are literally a saint dealing with crying, whinging, feeding, and nap time problems. However on the flip side you get to see every precious milestone that your child hits. You are also their number one carer, and the one that they rely on and look up to. You’re the one who is responsible for games, arts and crafts, and ultimately the one who sees the smile on their faces during the day.
However I know just how hard it is, how you long for a break, how you would maybe love to put your child into nursery or to go to a childminders just for one day a week so you could get some of “you” back. I sometimes see the jealously in your eyes when other parents talk about their child going to nursery tomorrow. But you know that you wouldn’t have it any other way, being a SAHM Mum is your ultimate responsibility, it might not last forever, but right now you’re happy with that decision. So I salute you for that
Being a 100% SAHM is not something that I could do, I think it would drive me insane in the long term. Do not hate me for saying that. However I was a SAHM for a short period of time in between quitting my career in advertising and taking this blogging career seriously. So I have done it, felt it, and know the love you have for your child, but also the feeling of being driven crazy and that you are losing your mind. That’s not to say I don’t love my daughter, or wish to spend to time with her. However I feel that to reach my potential I need to be doing something other than just being a Mum.
So for any SAHM’s out there reading this, I salute you, I take my hat off to you. You are doing an incredible job, in fact probably one of the hardest jobs in the entire world. You are raising a human being. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel that you could do better, because bringing up a child is damn hard work. It’s exhausting. It’s overwhelming. It’s emotionally draining. Yet it’s also wonderful and rewarding at the same time, and you know that you wouldn’t have it any other way.
Keep you head held high SAHMs.