Deciding to be a stay-at-home mom can be daunting, especially if you’re used to the housewife life. Of course, if you’re already doing most of the chores and cooking, this can be a lot of hard work or living the dream depending on your needs and circumstances. However, throwing a child, or maybe twins, into the mix can shake up your routine and cause you to get a little too stressed out quickly. Fortunately, there are a few things you can practice to help make your transition smoother.
Many people seem to think that a housewife and a stay-at-home mom are the same thing, however, they each typically have different responsibilities as a priority. A housewife’s priority is usually keeping the house clean, doing majority of the chores, and cooking dinner. A stay-at-home mom still works on these things, but their main priority is taking care of the children. When the children are just born up to a few years old, it can be a little too overwhelming. As the children get older and more independent, a stay-at-home mom may decide to prioritize housework once more in her free time, or decide to get a traditional job outside of the home. Instead, some mothers may even start work online so they can still stay home and balance housework all the while making extra spending money.
In order to transition from a housewife to stay-at-home mom, the first priority is to have a discussion with your spouse. Be sure to figure out the boundaries and responsibilities assigned to each person so there is no confusion. Understanding each other’s needs is an important step to figuring out how to divide what needs to be done. Housework can be relatively easy to do if done routinely, but working a traditional job can be stressful, so try to understand your partner’s potential worries; however, raising children is also a daunting task, especially for a new mother, so your voice also needs to be heard. Finding a balance and dividing up housework or childcare is important. It’s crucial to remember that full-time childcare is a job.
Be sure to create a schedule and try your best to follow it. Of course children will potentially stick something in the middle of your schedule, but it’s important to make it in the first place so you remember everything that has to be done. If you are able to follow it well in a day, this can provide awesome personal time for yourself. Having a little person taking up your world all hours of the day can be overwhelming, so personal time is a must. You need to feel well to raise your children well.
There are plenty of other tips to consider when transitioning from different lifestyles, but the most important thing to remember is that being a stay-at-home mom is a full time job where your children depend on you wholeheartedly.