“Ms Pressley, you’re pregnant!” Naaah Doc, you need to check that test again. I have 2 college degrees a great corporate job and a new car.” What in the heck am I gonna do now?” I probably didn’t say that much but darn near close it. Because every time a doctor told me I was pregnant she/ he laughed at my response. But I was so serious. Instead of celebrating and uploading funny announcements on social media, I was thinking dang- again?!
Yes, their dad was there but I loved making my own money. (At one point, I was working 3 jobs. Just because the opportunities were there.) Each birth seemed a step back from that independence that I needed for my own sanity. But sitting there in frustration and pity didn’t seem like an option.
So I had to think Quick
I knew that I
- needed to be a mom first
- deserved to be happy during my time as a sahm
- my children required a positive home environment
- desired to keep money in my pocket for the “extra stuff”
- lacked resources ( time, a big bank account, free childcare)
- have to find a ways to leverage the skills I already had.
- to continue to bring something to the “family table” beside my awesome looks and our beautiful healthy children. Call me crazy but I just rest relying on my husband for everything.
(It’s an incredible series! )
Today, there is a certain stigma attached to the stay-at-home mom. Little do they know, we do want more. And many others like me do more than former sahm’s, not missing a beat with their children in tow.
I recently read about a woman who quit her job to start a cupcake baking business.
We live in an economy that values productivity, passion, and hard work. We also live in a time where the Mommy Wars continue. If you search LinkedIn, you’ll come up with hundreds of CEO SAHMS. If you go a step further, you’ll see what they did before they decided to stay home with their child (ren).Some were in law, technology, marketing, medicine, education, real estate, sports; you name it! See where I’m going with this?
Life as an at-home mom is full of interesting moments — some have you feeling like Supermom, others leave you reaching for the aspirin. If you want It can be done, and you can make good money. Be prepared to work very hard, but you’ll be doing something you love, and working at your own time and on your own term.