Transition from working full time outside the home to SAHM...I NEED ADVICE

Annie - posted on 12/06/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My DS just turned 4 in Nov. and my DD will be 8mos this week. I have have worked since I was 15 (I am 30), save my 2 maternity leaves. My DH has been in daycare/preschool since he was 8mos old, and has flourished incredibly. DD has a family member come to my home to keep her. My main concern about being a SAHM is taking him out of that social setting and learning environment. My next main concern is making sure that every day is not Saturday...I am still working, but will stay at home after the first of the year. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Renae - posted on 12/08/2009

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I think every day IS a saturday. Saturday used to be cleaning and chores day, now that's every day! LOL

I found it very difficult to balance working at home and I only did a couple of hours a day, it's too easy to do something else as there is always so much to do. We have just bought a business and next year I will be working a couple of hours a day again. I have decided its best to organise a sitter and go into work than to work at home. Sorry that's not helpful... if you figure out how to make it work let me know!

In regard to socialisation, I think that can be acheived other ways. We do playgroup, swimming lessons and gymbaroo (baby gym) every week so baby has lots of interaction with other kids. We also catch up for play dates outside of playgroup.

Wendy - posted on 12/07/2009

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I would keep my son in pre-k if at all possible. Some of the churches around here have a mothers morning out program that is fairly inexpensive and could help free up time for a couple hours a day 2-3 days a week for any important issues with work. The best thing to do is keep to a schedule as much as possible. The library here does storytime and my daughter has gone since she was about 6 mos. She loves it and can socialize if she wants to after the story during crafts time. We don't make it every week but it is a great experience. Borders also does storytime. If you go to the website for your county they should have a list of programs in the community that might be interesting for you to tryout with your kids. Depending on your financial situation some of the dance schools have mommy and me programs and also gymnastics for older kids to get exercise and social time.

Sarah - posted on 12/06/2009

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I would suggest having your son stay in a preschool for his age group this will still give him the socal and learning environment for part of the day and week. Another thing is doing some play dates and outings (these can be as little or as often as you would like). Have a routine for the day, but also allow for change. I am a work at home mom. I do two different jobs. The one job I am required to set up and conduct meetings with clients and type reports. I find that doing this at the same time I am watching my kids is very hard. My attention either has to be on them or on my work. So what I do is do my typing when they are napping. I am able to focus on my work and make it my best work. When my kids are awake I am able to focus on them and give them my full attention. Meetings I do in the evenings when hubby is home.

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