As a SAHM, If money was no option what you do to enjoy it more?

Rachelcnorman - posted on 07/30/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I write on parenting and motherhood at my blog and have been reading forums lately where SAHMs are so desperate, lonely and depressed. Breaks my heart and, I wonder, if money was no option then what is it that you would want done to make your SAHM experience a more positive one?

Anything and everything and, unless you are mean, I would not be offended!

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Rachelcnorman - posted on 08/03/2014

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Oh Alana, I feel you so much! We have a small backyard that is fenced in and I regularly put the children out there so they can run around and I don't need to watch them every five seconds. Do you live near a busy road? I guess it depends on how young your little kiddos are, too, before deciding to let them out.

Hopefully the next place you live will accommodate :)

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Lanafaith - posted on 08/03/2014

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Thanks, Rachel. I live in the middle of town. It's not a terribly busy road, but it's a small town and everyone has their own opinion of how you should be raising your kids. My kiddos are 3 and 2 and my 2 year old has figured out all the locks in the house besides the chain lock that she can't reach. Couple that with my thyroid issues and it's a miracle that I still have hair on my head.

Rachelcnorman - posted on 08/03/2014

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Chet, you're right about the fact that most moms - working or at home - do probably want the same things. Because whether you do the laundry during the day or in the evening, it has to get done, right?

Also, I think you're probably right. When I thought about what I'd really need to make the SAHM experience better for me, it was just some help. Some weight off the mundane daily tasks so I can actually be with my kids more.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Chet - posted on 08/03/2014

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i don't know if there is any difference for SAHMs and working moms with this... other than some working moms would stay home if they could afford too.

The thing is, whether you're a working mom or a SAHM families often wish for the same things when in comes to finances - a bigger house, a nicer yard, a second car, more money to pay a sitter, a nice vacation, more money for savings, etc. Although, a lot of the SAHMs I know are very concious of the trade-offs that come with staying home, and they don't complain. They made the choice to give up the second car and regular family vacations so a parent could be home full time.

I think what most SAHMs want aren't things that cost money - they want to feel appreciated and respected, they want adult company during the day, they want people to understand the frustrations of being a stay at home parent, etc.

Lanafaith - posted on 08/02/2014

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I would buy a home with a fenced in yard, because I cannot let my children out of my sight for a moment without them destroying the interior of the house or sneaking out into the yard. I know they aren't hurting anything, but my neighbors are close and I always feel worried that they will think of me as an unfit parent when the kids get outside on their own.

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