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Writer’s Workshop: 10 Reasons Why Being a SAHM Rocks

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I write this list not to imply that working moms don’t value, want or even do any of the things mentioned below. These are simply reasons why I love my job.

1. I get to spend every waking (and sleeping) moment with my Little Miss and watch her grow. That’s not to say that I don’t miss the adult interaction that a day job brings. There are days that I really long for conversations that don’t involve referring to myself in the third person. But I recognize the fact that right now, for me, the most important little person in my life needs me and I wouldn’t trade the time I have with her for anything in the world.

2. There’s no red tape or office politics involved. ‘Cause, you know, that’s my absolute most favorite thing in the whole corporate world.

3. Wearing PJ’s sunup to sundown and back again 5 days a week. I can get away with wearing jeans and a shirt for the occasional run to the grocery store and I only need to play dress up on the weekends when we go visit my family and church. Seriously, who wouldn’t love that?

4. There’s nothing like being present for my baby’s milestones. Recently, those were her first steps, the first action song she’s memorized (Twinkle,Twinkle Little Star!), her learning to hold up her index finger when we ask her how old she is, or counting her fingers and pointing to herself when we ask “Where’s Sophie?”. Can you tell how proud this mommy is?

5. The ability to plan and hopefully execute her first birthday party the way my husband and I want to. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you already know I have a teeny-tiny huge tendency to be obsessive-compulsive. It’s taken me a long time to curb those tendencies, only to have them brought out again by the party planning. Sigh.

6. I learn something new about myself as I trudge along on the path of motherhood. I always thought I was pretty set in my ways – of course I’ve learned to work with and compromise with My Man. But being a parent is an altogether different ballgame. Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks clearly didn’t take 30-something year old, first time moms into consideration. Well, not that I’m old, but you know what I mean.

7. It has allowed me the freedom to pursue blogging. Apparently, I have a lot to say and being a mom has awakened the writer in me. I have never written this much before and these days I find myself wanting to write, write, write, WRITE! Now, I know working moms are able to blog too – but I just know myself all too well. If I were a mom working outside of the house, I’d rather spend every time I had to spare with my Little Miss before her bedtime and before I collapse in bed myself. Blogging would definitely not be part of the equation.

8. I can police what she watches on TV, and the amount of TV time she gets. I love TV. I have a long list of TV shows, past and present, that I love to watch. But I just don’t think having my Little Miss (especially at her very young age) glued to the TV is the best way to keep her entertained. I won’t have to suffer watching through High School Musicals and Hannah Montanas, that’s for sure!

9. The rewards and benefits are incomparable! I get huge grins for every meal I lay out before her and she never complains (yet, that is). Kisses are randomly given as a bonus that quickly melts away every frustration and hugs are doled out generously that relaxes every tired bone in my body. Extra mommy points are given for singing songs and reading books to her. I make mistakes, and she forgives me without batting an eyelash. That being said, the mistakes I make have the potential to be very costly, which leads me to the next item.

10. I am motivated to pray more and be my best self. Because, let’s face it. There are areas in our child’s life where there’s not much room for error. I need all the guidance and wisdom I can get so as not to mess my kid up. I’m far from perfect. I’m far from being an expert on motherhood. So I look to Jesus, who is the very definition of love and sacrifice. And I thankfully also have a mom in whose footsteps I can follow.

Written as part of MamaKat’s Writer’s Workshop for the prompt: 10 Reasons why you love your job.

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  • Wonderful list! You make me look forward to being a SAHM someday! 🙂

    • Oh, you will be awesome at it! 😉

  • Those first 5 1/2 years alone with my daughter were a treasure I wouldn't trade for anything! It's great to make a list like this, it helps center you and bring to mind what's truly important. Nice job!
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    • That's what pulls me back in every time I get frustrated. I know I won't have these years with her back and I just know I don't want to miss out on her childhood. Thanks Joey. 🙂

  • Jen

    Wearing PJ's to 'work' is awesome!!!

    • I know, right? Talk about being comfortable all day! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  • You have a great job! I always thought growing up I would be a SAHM but God had a different plan for me.

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.
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    • I rather think it is pretty awesome too. Thank you for visiting. 🙂

  • I take two years off work for each kid when they are born….now with #3 I'm enjoying seeing her grow up infront of my eyes.. thanks for stopping by my site.

    • That sounds like a plan! It's great isn't it, watching them grow? Thank you for coming by as well!

  • Being a SAHM is so hard, but I am glad you are enjoying it so much. And your little one is your muse, she is the one who is inspiring you to write so much!
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    • You're right, she is my muse! I have been so blessed to be able to take care of her myself. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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  • Reyna

    I have raised five children and was blessed to be able to stay at home with them all.

    Now that they are all out of my home, on their own, I see how precious those years are/were.
    I would not trade what I did for ANYTHING.

    Sometimes people feel sorry for me because I started very early and did not get a formal education.

    Oh, parenting is the hardest job I have EVER done and it still is.
    Raising five young adults is yet another phase in parenting.

    As for an education, I do have one. It is the most difficult degree to attain because the lessons can only be learned from the heart.

    I commend you for staying home and I can say (from experience) that you will NEVER get those days/years back.
    I have worked in the childcare business for many years and can tell you that I often see 'firsts' of others' children.
    Although I can relay it to the parent it is not the same as them experiencing it.

    I know circumstances are different for everyone, (I got divorced 13 years ago) and some mothers have to work outside the home.
    (I was blessed to be able to take everyone to school, go to work, and be done in time to pick them up from school.)

    I would just encourage you to keep doing what you are doing!

    When your child becomes a teenager (who sometimes think parents don't know much), you will be grateful that while your daughter thought you knew what you were talking about, that it was YOUR words she was hearing.

    May your life be blessed as a mother. It is the most noble calling given to ANYONE!

    P.S. I wrote a blog "Preconceived Notion" about my take on parenting BEFORE I had become one.

    • Oh I so whole-heartedly agree with you! I feel that I am given a rare privilege to spend these precious days with my daughter and I know nothing will ever compare to this. I don't feel in the slightest bit that I am being cheated out of anything, because really, I have experienced a lot (career-wise) before I even got pregnant. Honestly, this is where I want to be.

      I love this: "When your child becomes a teenager (who sometimes think parents don't know much), you will be grateful that while your daughter thought you knew what you were talking about, that it was YOUR words she was hearing." And that's why I pray everyday that I can make the time we spend together count, that God will give me wisdom as I guide my daughter. I wish you linked your blog to your comment so I could visit you. Sounds like I would benefit from your words of encouragement and experiences. 🙂

  • Reyna

    I do not know how to link my blog as I am a 'preschooler' when it comes to computers, (or technology for that matter) but my blog is: theunexpectedlife2010.blogspot.com

    • Ok, heading on over to your blog. 🙂

  • I was a SAHM all those years ago (at least until my boys' dad left us). I still think of those times as a SAHM even though my boys are 28 and 31. I look at them and think, "I did that." Even when they were in school and I worked, I was blessed to have a job that I could be home when they were home.

    Parenting IS hard… but I believe being a stay-home-parent, mom or dad either one, is an very important job. When you are there to guide your children's day-to-day activities, it makes them better individuals. And we need more of those in today's world.

    Good for you, Cyrene! I applaud you, dear! ♥
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    • Thanks Diana! I agree with you, being a stay-at-home-parent is important and it seems more and more people are staying home with their kids these days which is great. As you said, we need more people guiding their children.