Take it away, Amanda!
Should I stay at home with my children, or put them in daycare?
I am currently a stay at home mom. This has always been what I imagined I would do once I had children.
But today there are so many working moms and fewer stay at home moms. If you are debating what is best to do, you really have to think what works best for your family. Not only do I stay at home with a step son who is 8 years old, a 20 month old girl and I am pregnant and due in December with a boy, but my husband always works from home. This makes for a busy house of trying to juggle schedules and keep the household quiet at specific times and make sure everyone gets to where they need to go. My step son has always been in daycare/preschool mostly due to making parenting schedules work and less conflict. I have him to compare having a child in full-time care by someone else versus my 20 month old who has been at home with me since day one. My step son went to daycare for on average 6 hours a day. He would come home with projects and learn to play with other kids and be away from mom and dad. When he went to kindergarten he wasn’t the kid crying on his parents leg because he didn’t want to go. (not that there’s anything wrong with that because that was totally me!) I’d say overall at a young age he was a little more independent. He did come home sick more often and did get bitten at daycare. You obviously lose a lot of time with your kid, but I know some parents will put their kids in daycare by their work instead of their home so they can at least drive home with their child and get that extra time in. In addition, you are paying a hefty bill to week. I found a very part-time sport and social club to work for where I answer emails and do various tasks. I started a blog :). I sell essential oils, sprouts, honey and baked goods at the local farmers market. I hustle to keep up with all my odd end jobs. And I also stand up for myself when my husband says it’s not worth the money or it takes up too much time without seeing immediate benefit. Because for me I may only make $50 here and there, but it feels good to contribute and it keeps my mind busy and sane!
There are pluses and minuses to being a stay at home mom or putting your child in daycare. You just have to weigh what you feel is best for your kid and your family and what you can afford. Just be prepared that either way there are sacrifices. That’s what being a mom is all about!
Hi, I am Amanda from AZmomma.com. I am 29 years old, married, a step mom to an
8 year old son, I have a 21 month old girl and am expecting another come
December. I currently live in Arizona, but grew up in Cali. I’m a stay at
home mom who tries to fit some work in on the side. I love to blog about
health, fitness, recipes, mommy problems, and sometimes crafts when I can
fit them in. You can find me on: The web ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest