Many of you may not know, but I was an elementary school teacher before I was a stay-at-home mom. I have been home with my son for almost two years now. I can truly say that there have been many rough days that have caused me to think about going back to work. Wouldn’t it be easier to take care of a bunch of kids who aren’t mine?
The answer is easy. NO WAY! A classroom full of kids is tough, especially when their parents aren’t involved and they have no desire to do well in school. Or even do their homework for that matter.
So as the new school year approaches, I think about the endless possibilities of a fresh start with a classroom full of kiddos. New kids, new supplies, new clothes and a surge of positive attitudes. But then I think of my little Ryan.
Ryan means the world to me. Part of being a stay-at-home mom is getting to take your son to school on his first day of preschool and then be there to pick him up at the end of the day. Helping out in his classroom when he’s in elementary school. Taking him for ice cream after school when he’s had a bad day. Being home to help him with his homework and taking him to his extra-curricular activities.
Those are my reasons for choosing to be a stay-at-home mom over going back to work as a teacher. I know some people are in a situation where they have to go back to work and have no option to stay home. I’m very fortunate that my husband makes enough money for me to stay home if I choose.
I admire those women who must go to work and then come home and take care of their children. I also admire those women who get to stay home with their children and their “job” is 24/7. We all do what we have to in order to be the best mom for our children. That’s all any child can ask for in a mom.
Are you a working mom or a stay-at-home mom? Did you get to decide or was the decision made for you? Would you like it to be the other way around? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with us…