Moms At Home And The Challenges They Face

Truth be told, moms at home face many challenges. Although many of them are universal, some do depend on the ages of your children.

When you have a baby, sometimes just getting up and ready for the day is a challenge in itself.

Jumping in the shower when you're ready to is a thing of the past. The baby has to be changed, fed, and basically give you her permission for you to do so.

Our wardrobes are often reduced to t-shirts and sweatpants, because we really aren't going anywhere so we might as well be comfortable, right?

And make-up is optional, usually only used if a trip out to the grocery store is absolutely necessary.

Moms who stay at home do get the benefit of being with their children all day long, or at least the ones who aren't in school yet.

Although sometimes, I must admit, it feels more like a test. Just how many more things have to go wrong before mommy has a meltdown?

Most of us really try to have patience, but when you're hands on 24-7, sometimes it's tough to do. Often a short break is just what we need to come back refreshed and balanced again.

Stay at home mom jobs can also get overwhelming sometimes. There is always so much that needs to be done, and only 24 hours in a day to do it.

You're always doing something- if it's not cooking, it's cleaning, or giving baths, or helping with homework. We don't often have time to just sit and relax.

I think that a universal complaint among moms at home is that by the time the kids are in bed and we could actually have a few moments to ourselves, we're too tired to want to do anything but sleep.

That's one reason why stay at home mom support is so important. We need to have someone who can temporarily 'take the reigns', even just for a little while.

Whether you leave the house or just go take a bubble bath or nap, you need to make sure you're taking good care of YOU, so you can continue to take good care of everyone else.

This is sometimes hard for moms at home to do, we're usually the ones taking care of everything. But we need to learn to ask for help when we need it, and accept help when it's offered.

We also need emotional support. Have you ever felt like you just needed a few minutes of adult conversation?

Moms need to connect with other moms, because they're the only people who can really relate to what you're going through. No one understands a mom like another mother.

At the end of the day, it's the moms who stay at home who often struggle to find a true sense of self. We are so wrapped up in our families, in being moms, we often forget what it was like to be US.

Yes, we love being moms, and wouldn't change it for the world. But it's equally important to retain a sense of personal identity.

After all, someday our children will be grown and if we don't know who we are, we're going to feel very lost. (Oh yeah, but by then we may have aquired a new identity- we might be grandmas!)

So it continues, the daily struggles and triumphs in the lives of moms at home. Just remember, you're not in this alone.

Anything you face has most likely already been done by other mothers and if they survived, you will too.

Keep forging ahead with purpose and know that the people who have the most rewarding jobs in the world are the moms at home.

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