Not sure if you are ready to make the leap to full-time parenthood? Being a stay-at-home mom is as rewarding as it is difficult! Something that has made the decision to become a full-time parent is the increased social acceptability for both options – working full-time outside of the home and working full-time as a caregiver to your children.
During WWII, women increasingly went into the workforce, to assist in the war effort and to fill in for the sons, brothers, fathers, and husbands that were fighting overseas. In the post-WWII era, many married and unmarried women decided to continue to work full-time, as they found the increased independence and financial stability resulting from their work to be valuable. Although many women continued to be stay-at-home mothers, trends continued in the direction of women entering the workforce throughout the second half of the twentieth century.
By the 1990s, the prevailing attitude of socially ‘liberated’ women was that choosing to be a full-time parent was anti-feminist and ill-advised. Women that were on the fence as to whether or not to stay home with their children often succumbed to peer pressure and the comments of their friends, co-workers, and relatives and chose to work outside the home instead.
Thankfully, over the past two decades, there has been yet another shift in societal attitudes regarding full-time parenthood. Choosing to be a stay-at-home parent is now viewed as a viable option. Mothers and fathers who want to be more engaged in their children’s lives and more hands-on in their homes are finding they are supported more and more by their friends and family. Parents are no longer pressured to make a choice that fits into societal standards and are encouraged instead to make the best choice they can make for their family and themselves.