As someone who has had the privilege of being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM), I can say that it’s not all fun & games. I stayed at home with my daughter until she was 13 months old!
I truly struggled with being a SAHM, because it is so hard. It’s emotionally taxing, spending every waking (& sleeping) with your little. As a SAHM, there is little to no adult interaction, sometimes for a week or more at a time. I struggled with finding activities to keep my little one busy. It’s hard to have no adult interaction, and only spend your time with an infant/toddler who is extremely clingy from constantly being around you! It was very trying for both of us, with no outside interaction to engage either of our brains.
Flipping the switch, and seeing the other side. I decided to go back to work this past December, after 13 months of staying home. I was having a rough time being home and needed to get out of the house. I went back to work and Bentlee started daycare at a little over a year old, after staying home with mama from day one. She struggled to adjust for the first 2-3 weeks, we all did. Going back to work was one of the best things our family has done!
Being a stay at home mom is very emotionally taxing and is certainly not a task for every mom. I think it’s something every mom should have the option of doing, but it’s not for everyone.