Benefits of Being a Stay at Home Mom

August 6, 2010 by Melissa Shank  
Published in Motherhood

Stay-at-home moms (SAHM) are all too familiar with these stupid questions: “What do you do all day?” and “Don’t you get bored?”. Either these people do not have children, or they do not understand the benefits of being a stay-at-home mom.

Benefits Of Being A Stay At Home Mom

Stay-at-home moms (SAHM) are all too familiar with these stupid questions: “What do you do all day?” and “Don’t you get bored?”. Either these people do not have children, or they do not understand the benefits of being a stay-at-home mom. Not only is it beneficial to the mother-child relationship, but it may also be beneficial to household finances.

If you are fortunate enough to support your family without extra income, then good for you! Be thankful that you have been blessed with sufficient income and enjoy the time with your children. If you are mother that trudges out into the workforce daily for extra money, perhaps you should weigh your options and research further the benefits of staying home. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

The most important benefit to being a stay-at-home mom is the quality time with your children. Children appreciate your time and involvement more than toys. Watching them grow and experiencing their milestones is indispensable! If you and your family can financially survive, then cherish these days of their youth.

Over the years, the WAH (work at home) industry has grown significantly, another great benefit for SAHM’s. If you and your family cannot financially afford income loss, there are many options available for work at home. Not all are legitimate work programs, so do your research carefully. The most common that do provide a source of income are online sales such as Ebay, blogging, child care and virtual call centers.

Part-time work outside of the home is also a good source of income, yet it leaves ample time for family. Some options are real estate, house cleaning, Avon sales, grocery stores, schools and doctor’s offices. To avoid any child care costs, part-time work can be achieved when your children are in school or when your spouse is home.

When considering additional costs that working mothers accrue, it may be financially beneficial for you to quit. Avoiding the daily drive to and from work will save on gas and car maintenance. The costs of clothing for a professional wardrobe can be eliminated or minimized. Paying for day care costs during working hours can sometimes consume most of your earnings. The costs of business luncheons can be traded in for simpler, less expensive meals at home.

Being a mother is the greatest joy, whether you are a working mom or not, and your efforts in providing for your children should be commended. Every situation is different and what works best for you and your family is most important!

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