There are many benefits to being a stay-at-home mom. It’s not always an easy decision and not always possible for every family to make that decision, but I wanted to share a few reasons to be a stay-at-home mom for those of you who may be considering it – or simply to affirm those of you who have already made that decision.
As a stay-at-home mom for over 30 years, I can say with confidence that there is no greater job in the world. Though it comes with its challenges, it is also the most rewarding experience I could have ever asked for. I have been able to watch my children grow and learn in a safe and loving environment, and I am so grateful for that.
It has been a privilege to be a part of their lives every step of the way, and I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. If you are considering becoming a stay-at-home mom, I encourage you to go for it! It will be one of the best decisions you ever make.
Having said that, I want to stress that I don’t think being a stay home mom is the only choice. If you need to work outside the home for whatever reason, you are still a good mom. I would never presume to know what is right for every family. I know many mothers who work outside the home who are wonderful moms!
But, for me, I have loved being a stay-at-home mom and I wanted to share a few reasons to be a stay-at-home mom with you today.
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When you become a mom, one of the big questions you have to answer is whether or not to stay at home with your kids. For some moms, the answer is easy – but for others, it’s a bit more complicated.
Here are 20 reasons to be a stay-at-home mom:
#1 You get to be the one who is always there for them.
One of the best things about being a stay-at-home mom is that you don’t have to miss out on important milestones in your child’s life. You’ll be there for their first steps, their first words, and all of the other special moments in between. You won’t have to worry about missing school events or important appointments.
#2 You get to spend more time with your kids.
This is one of the biggest benefits of being a stay-at-home mom. You get to be there for all the little moments that make up your child’s day. You’ll get to see them learn and grow, and you’ll be able to spend more time with them than if you were working outside the home.
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#3 You can control the environment in which your children are raised.
You can make sure that they are being raised in a safe and loving environment. You also get to decide what they are exposed to and how they are being raised.
#4 You can instill your values in your children from a young age.
If you want your children to be raised with certain values, being a stay-at-home mom allows you to do that. As Christians, this is more important than ever!
#5 You can shield your children from negative influences.
You can choose what they are exposed to and make sure that they are getting positive influences in their lives. There are so many evil things in this world that threaten the innocence of our children, having a say in what your child does all day long goes a long way in protecting them.
#6 Save money on childcare.
According to a recent study, the average cost of childcare is now upwards of $10,174 per year. For many families, this expense can be a real burden. One way to reduce the financial strain of childcare is to have one parent stay at home with the kids.
#7 Be more involved in your child’s education – or even homeschool.
I loved being able to homeschool my kids through high school and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to do so. It was so rewarding to be able to watch them grow and learn. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to do so. I’m grateful for the flexibility that homeschooling provided our family. I’m also grateful for the close bonds that we formed as a result of homeschooling. My kids are now grown and they’re doing great things. I’m proud of them and I know that homeschooling played a role in their success.
#8 You can volunteer at your kids’ school or participate in their extracurricular activities.
If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you have the flexibility to do things like volunteer at your child’s school or participate in their extracurricular activities. This is a great way to be involved in your child’s life and get to know their friends and teachers.
#9 You can more easily care for your home and your family.
When you’re a stay-at-home mom, you have more time to devote to keeping your home clean and organized. You also have more time to cook healthy meals for your family. In all honesty, working outside the home and caring for children and a household after work is just hard.
#10 Avoid work-related stress.
A study by the American Psychological Association found that nearly half of all Americans report feeling stressed about their jobs. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you don’t have to worry about work-related stress.
#11 Your child will be sick less often.
Studies have shown that kids who stay home with their parents are sick less often than kids who go to daycare.
#12 You can be more flexible with your time.
When you’re a stay-at-home mom, you have the flexibility to schedule your day around your family’s needs. You don’t have to worry about juggling work and family commitments. This is by far one of my favorite things about being a stay-at-home mom. I get to make my own schedule and I have the time or can make the time to help and serve my family, friends, and church community as needed.
#13 Peaceful, less hectic mornings.
Mornings are hectic for most families with working parents. But when you’re a stay-at-home mom, you can take your time getting everyone ready for the day. Slow mornings allow you to accomplish what you need to get done without the stress of getting out the door on time.
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#14 You don’t have to worry about finding reliable childcare.
One of the biggest challenges for working parents is finding reliable and affordable childcare. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you don’t have to worry about this.
#15 You can take advantage of nap time.
When your child takes a nap, you have some time to yourself to get things done or just relax. This is one of the benefits of being a stay-at-home mom that I really enjoy.
#16 You can get out of the house more.
It may seem counterintuitive, but stay-at-home moms often have more opportunities to get out of the house than working moms. When you’re a stay-at-home mom, you can take your kids to the park, playdates, and other activities.
#17 You can connect with other stay-at-home moms.
When you’re a stay-at-home mom, you have the opportunity to connect with other stay-at-home moms. This can be a great way to find support and make new friends.
#18 You can pursue your hobbies and interests.
One of the benefits of being a stay-at-home mom is that you have more time to pursue your hobbies and interests. If you’re a creative person, this can be a great opportunity to explore your creativity.
#19 You can save money on gas and work-related expenses.
If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you don’t have to worry about the cost of gas or work-related expenses like wardrobe, eating out, and doctor’s visits (from getting sick more often).
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#20 You can be there for your family when they need you.
One of the best things about being a stay-at-home mom is that you’re there for your family when they need you. Whether it’s a sick day or a bad day, you can be there to provide support and comfort. Moms are so important!
I’ve raised my five kids over a 31-year time span. My youngest daughter has recently left for college (Laura’s 19 years old now). I was rarely ever apart from my kids. I never had a babysitter (my choice) and truly loved being a stay-at-home mom.
I hope this blog post has given you some food for thought if you’re considering whether or not to become a stay-at-home mom. There are so many benefits to staying home with your kids. It’s not an easy decision, but it’s one that comes with a lot of rewards. Do you have any other reasons to add to this list? I’d love to hear them! Please share in the comments below.