When I quit my job, there’s one comment, I would hear a lot of, “Oh, so you don’t work anymore, you stay at home all day.” After being a stay-at-home mom for almost a year and a half now, I thought I’d clear up one of the biggest myths surrounding the most important job a woman could have…being a mom!
And being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), no, we don’t have to fight any nasty commute to get to a job outside of the home, but YES, we DO work! In fact, I’ve never worked so hard in my life; not even when I was part of a hiring team that had to interview over 15,000 people in a four day time span. If anyone would’ve ever told me that I would give up my corporate job that I loved, to stay home with my kids, I probably would’ve looked at them like they had three heads. I never had anything against mothers who chose to do so, but always wondered how in the world they could do it (especially my own mom, who raised seven of us)? But for me personally, it wasn’t something I had ever considered doing, not even for a second because I loved my “job” so much. Well, you know what they say: “never say never”.
I will never forget the day I traded in my business suits and morning staff meetings, for track suits and Nick, Jr. Was it a tough decision? Yes. Do I regret doing it? Never for one second! When I think about what I gave up over what I’ve gained, it’s a no brainier. Yes, I worked hard in school to get a degree (Biology of all things), and yes, I worked hard to start a career that I loved, being able to help find people jobs. No, I didn’t have another job lined up, or at that particular point, had given a lot of thought into starting my own business. But what I did know was that I was no longer being fulfilled in my role at the time. I also didn’t like the crazed out, stressed out mom and wife that I had become, and knew that some changes needed to take place.
I wish I could tell you I had a game plan in place, and did x,y, z before I left. But…I didn’t. What I did do was pray about it…a lot! And it became so clear to me, that at six months pregnant (with our third child), it was time for me to go. So that’s exactly what I did. I wrote out my resignation letter, and resigned effective immediately. I haven’t regretted it, and I haven’t looked back since. But it’s because I know that God’s plan for me is bigger than any corporate job I could ever have.
If are you a working/corporate mom toying with the idea of becoming a SAHM, what’s your biggest fear around making the transition? If you are currently a SAHM, what advice do you have for other moms who would like to make the transition?