Going from a Working Mom to a Stay at Home Mom

For the first two years of my son life I was a working mom out of the house.  I went back to work when my son was 8 weeks old.  I will admit I was ready to go back to work, to be my own person, to get dressed up and look professional.  I worked from 6am-2:30 Monday through Friday.  I was blessed with an early schedule and didn’t have to take any work home with me.  I repeated the same thing with my daughter and went back to work when she was 8 weeks old.  I was once again ready to go back to work for the same reasons as before.  It wasn’t easy leaving my children at home, but I knew my children were in really good hands and that comforted me.

When my daughter was 10 months old I decided to become a stay at home mom.  Of course I was excited to spend more time with my family, to be there for all the new milestones my children were going to take, but it was an adjustment that would take a little while to get used to.

I am still finding a balance between being their mother and being my own self.  I have found that I still need to get up and get dressed for the day.  I even put make-up on most days, even though I may not go out of the house.  I still work from home with my eBay business, but my main priority is my children.

People ask me if being a working mom is harder, and I say that it isn’t easier or harder, it is different.  Your challenges are different when you work verses when you are at home.  Being a working mom you have to balance your work and taking care of your family.  Being a stay at home mom you have to balance being a mom and being an adult.  I don’t know if you ever find a balance that works 100% of the time, but I know that each day I am closer to finding a balance that works for me and our family.

Ashley

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