Are you pregnant and trying to figure out if you should be a stay at home mom vs. working mom? Perhaps, you have already been staying at home for a few months with the baby and you’re trying to decide the pros and cons of being a stay at home mom vs. working mom. It’s not an easy choice to make, as they both have advantages and disadvantages to each role.
I’ve met moms who decided they would be working moms, as soon as they were pregnant. Once, they had the baby they changed their minds and decided to be a stay at home mom full-time. I’ve also encountered the opposite, where moms were adamant about being stay-at-home moms. Then after staying home for a few months with the baby, they changed their minds and became working moms. If you’re on the fence and need guidance on which type of mom you will be, I discuss key ideas to help you make the choice on whether you should be a stay at home mom vs. working mom.
Stay At Home Mom Vs. Working Mom: Which One Is For You?
Look at your financial situation
The financial situation is a huge factor when moms are deciding between becoming a stay at home mom vs. working mom. Some moms become working moms because the cost of living in the area they live in is very high. Without mom’s income, mortgage or rent can’t get paid. On the flip side, the household budget calculations may show that moms take-home pay is the same amount or lower than childcare costs. In those situations, moms may find that becoming a stay at home mom is more economical.
The bigger picture with your career
If you are a mom and find that staying at home for a few years makes more financial sense, be sure to also think about the bigger picture with your career. There may be some jobs where it may not be that hard to transition back to the workforce once your kid(s) get old enough. However, other jobs may be harder to get back into when you take a few years off work. Another option you want to consider is if your job or career allows you to work part-time. Working part-time allows you to have some flexibility of staying at home to care for the kids on some days, while still maintaining your job skills.
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Stay at home mom vs. working mom: Think about your ideal day
When you are deciding between becoming at stay at home mom vs. working mom, what type of day do you think you would look forward to more? Do you see yourself spending all day/every day with your baby or kid? Or do you see yourself splitting the day between caring for your kid and going to work?
Why some moms may prefer the stay at home mom schedule:
- Spouses may have a demanding work schedule or requires extensive travel away from home
- Paid time off work is limited and would not cover all the required time to care for children at home (i.e. closed days from daycare, when children get sick, etc.)
- Save money on childcare
Why other moms want a working mom schedule:
- Have more adult interaction during the day
- To mix up their schedules
- Contribute financially to household expenses
- Maintain their job skills
There is no right or wrong answer when you choose between becoming a stay at home mom vs. working mom. Both roles have their pros and cons for each family. As a mom, think through some of the points I discussed in this article to help you decide which path to take. Both stay at home moms and working moms are hard-working, awesome women. Whatever you decide will be the best choice for you and your family.
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