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Becoming a Stay at Home Mom was the BEST Decision of my Life

Thinking about the girls upcoming birthdays and facing the fact that I won’t have babies anymore, but two toddlers now, had me feeling a little sentimental. The girls are growing up so fast. They both have distinct little personalities, different laughs and smiles. It’s so amazing to watch them turn into beautiful little girls.

It got me thinking about the being able to stay at home with them and how blessed I am to be able to watch them grow up before my eyes. I mean literally, before my eyes. There are new things that happen everyday. There are new words and sounds, sometimes laughs and cries. I know that making the decision to stay home with them was probably the BEST decision I have ever made. No not probably, it was.

It wasn’t something we necessarily planned in the beginning, but I did have an inkling about it being possible. I wanted it. I know there are many women who work outside the home because they have to, or just because they want to, and I have so much respect for working mothers. I understand both reasonings. I grew up in a family where my mom and dad both worked full-time jobs because they had to. My grandmother was a big part of my life growing up, and my childhood was far from being bad, or difficult because of it. But I do feel lucky to be able to wake up with my girls everyday and plan my day around them. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Are you a work at home or stay at home mom or do you work outside the home?

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4 Comments

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    Kim Tobin
    February 24, 2014 at 7:22 am

    My son just turned a year old and my husband and I made the decision that I’ll stay home with our little munchkin now that my maternity leave is over. I have loved being home with him all year and I’m so excited that I’ll be able to continue that!!

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      melanie
      March 4, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      Kim yes I feel the same way, it’s definitely a blessing.

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    JAMIE BERTUCCI (JME B)
    February 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I have a “9-5” job & also am an Independent Designer of Origami Owl Custom Jewelry. Boys ages 10 & almost 2 keep me busy for sure. My mom stayed home with me and my brothers when we were young and it was great not having to go to aftercare like some of my other friends did. Though my kids will always have to go to aftercare programs, they get to socialize with friends during that time and get a jump start on their homework – So, it’s not the end of the world. I spend every moment with them from the time I pick them up in the afternoon until I tuck them into bed each night. We have mom & “bubs” tv show nights and dad & “bubs” tv show nights …as well as plan fun family activities on the weekends to do together. Our weekdays are more or less focused on homework & dinner. Since I do work full time, we get to have luxuries such as private school and yearly family vacations to Disney World that would otherwise not be possible if I didn’t work. Now that I am a designer for Origami Owl, even more doors have opened up to us financially and I will now be able to send my eldest to private high school as well. It’s been a blessing. No matter if you are a working parent or a stay at home one, if the children’s happiness is in the forefront of your mind at all times, they will grow up happy. ~ Jamie B. whoodatowljewelry.com

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    melanie
    March 4, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Jamie, yes I agree completely. As long as the children are priority, happy and taken care of that’s really the most important thing whether you’re working or stay at home.

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