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The Rewards of Becoming a Stay-At-Home MomMom and contributing writer Des Doligosa shares her story on becoming a stay-at-home mom, its daily joys and challenges, and how it has helped renew her identity as a woman, wife, mom and individual.by Des R. Doligosa .
Motherhood is serious work
I find that the phrase “working mother” is redundant. Regardless of being a corporate employed mom or a stay-at-home mom, it’s really all the same. It doesn’t make one better or any less as a mom. Being one or the other either by imposition or by choice, the possibilities are endless and worth celebrating if you just sit back, take time to enjoy the ride, and marvel at life’s greatest pleasure --motherhood.
Making the move to being a stay-at-home mom
A year ago, I took a break from my seven year-corporate employment stint and opted to be a full time homemaker. I wanted to celebrate it! I wanted to cherish the moment while it lasted just in case I decided to pursue corporate employment again should the need should arise. Without the clocking in and out demand of an employee, my family and I now have all the time to enjoy being with one another 24/7. Moreover, becoming a stay-at-home mom enabled me to explore all possibilities and adventures there are as a wife, a parent and as an individual.
The ups and downs
Being a stay-at-home mom and full time homemaker is no walk in the park. Every day for me is an adventure of trial and error of learning how to instill discipline, study habits, eating habits, etc. and deciding which how much is just the right attention without being overprotective, boring, or a killjoy, all at some time.
Yes, I still do get stressed at times, like during the time when Chase cut his hair during his art class, whenever I have to constantly remind him to do his assignments, getting him to eat healthy, making him sleep on time, or when I play nurse and I worry most on the days that he is under the weather.
To any parent, the challenge and responsibility of molding your child is always a difficult task. But to be able to do that is most definitely an amazing experience, and worth missing a monthly dose of retail therapy, which I did indulge in before as an employee. For a full year now, I get to be a part of my son’s key developmental milestones. I get to meet his teachers, friends and classmates. I meet fellow moms and I have the luxury of time to indulge in endless chatter about our little ones.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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