While there is certainly nothing wrong with working outside of the home, for many women, being able to afford to be a stay-at-home mom would be a dream come true. I hear from women all the time who desperately want to stay home with their babies while they are little, but they simply don’t think they can. Well, today, I’m here to tell you that you can! How do I know? Because I did it and so have plenty of others.
While the process of becoming a stay-at-home mom will look different for everyone, here are three tips that have worked really well for us. Hopefully they will inspire you to find the solutions that are just right for your family.
For people who are already used to a two-income lifestyle, however, cutting back to one income can be incredibly difficult. In this instance, you would want to plan ahead to save as much as possible while you are both still working. Then, you can use your savings to help you stay home as long as possible.
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2. Embrace Frugality. Next, you’re probably going to learn to have to live without. I prefer to think of it is “ordering my priorities,” but the truth is, there are probably several things you won’t be able to have, and that’s okay! We don’t go on vacations, we rarely go out to eat, we have small wardrobes of clothes we found on sale, our furniture is all secondhand… but that’s okay! I don’t need “stuff;” I need quality time with my children while they are young.
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3. Earn Extra Income on the Side. Lastly, it may be wise to pursue an extra income stream. There are TONS of jobs you can do either from home or very part-time so you can still be with your kids all throughout the day.
When my first was little, I would waitress on the weekends when daddy would be home to watch him, so I was still with him all day long during the week. Now, I work completely from home as a freelance writer and blogger. This allows me to work during my children’s nap times and after they’ve gone to bed, so I can be here for every waking minute of their childhood (which is both a blessing and a curse!)
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- Blogging – I actually quit my job last year and have doubled my income with this blog. Crazy, I know! I love talking to other moms that want to do the very same thing because I am proof that it’s totally possible.
Right now you can start your own blog for less than $4! Check it out here or if you need a little help you can read my step-by-step guide here. Plus, I have lots of other blogging resources to help you get going!
Teacher turned work-at-home mom, Brittany loves using her words to help people improve their faith, marriage and parenting. And with one awesome husband and two very rambunctious little boys, she’s always got a lot to say! In addition to writing for Love and Marriage, she also owns her own site, Equipping Godly Women, where she regularly shares helpful tips, tricks and encouragement to help women be the amazing women God created them to be.
My husband, 17 month old son and I moved from Pennsylvania to Florida a few months ago. I went from a full time employee (worked many midnight shifts) to a stay at home mom. Money was still very tight so I am now a independent consultant for Jamberry nail wraps and I love it. I am able to help with some money while still caring for my son (and have awesome nails:) God has really provided for us after we put our trust in him!
This sounds so nice and over-simplistic. Really, the planning needs to start in college. Like don’t let your parents tell you it’s no big deal to take on 60k in student loans. (First person in my family to go to college… my parents would only allow a small private school because they thought it was best). I am a teacher and now I am trapped. There are dozens of women in my school in the same boat because of student loans alone. My family. also has a horrible fear of too little health insurance because of my husband’s hip replacement at 30. His degree seems to make him qualified for jobs that barely pay $10 an hour. It’s so sad to read posts like this, hoping they have a brilliant gem of information hidden inside… then I realize this only works for what feels like the chosen few. We have a very small mortgage to build a very small house on family property, we drive 10 year old cars, and all of our clothing is from thrift stores. I homeschool our kids in evenings and on weekends. Not everyone is on your situation- please consider that before being so sure that this can be everyone’s reality.
I recently took the plunge and became a stay at home mom and like most, my big fear was $. After doing some research I decided to start selling beachbody products which has been a blessing! Not only am I finally back in my pre-mommy jeans, I’m making some extra money. To get more info on how you can do this, message me through http://www.beachbodycoach.com/mjacobs1
I love this, and I truly want to be a stay-at-home-mom for my 3 month old, but how does one become a freelance writer/blogger? I’ve always been interested, but I have no idea how to get my foot in the door. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
Candice Coffey says
Thank you, this is such a great read. I am so glad that I am not alone in feeling this way. The most important step that you listed is planning! However, not all of go to school thinking we would ever want to be a stay at home mom. That is not how it was for me, anyways. I had no clue that I would want to be a stay at home mom. And then I met him- my sweet, precious baby boy, and I can’t imagine not being home with him. But because I couldn’t foresee my future desires, my husband and I didn’t plan on me staying home when we got married. Instead, I am left with trying to race the clock in order to get just an ounce of time with my sweet boy everyday. But I have not given up faith in the Lord. HE knows the desires of our heart. He created the heavens and the Earth in 7 days, surely he has this all under control. Praying for all of us and our aching hearts on this matter.
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