Being a stay at home mom can be very rewarding but also very challenging. There are many women who become bored sitting around at home all day, and while the kids can certainly keep you busy there are times when you find yourself with little to do because the little ones have gone to sleep or they are at nursery.
Something that can make life even more difficult is if you are strapped for cash as a stay at home mom. Raising a family is expensive and most parents could do with additional income to help with the financial side of things. However, going out to find a job is not an option if you are a stay at home mom with family commitments. One thing you can do, however, is consider one of the many stay at home mom jobs that will enable you to stay busy, earn money, and look after your family.
Some of the Jobs You Can Do from Home
As a stay at home mom, there are various jobs that you can do from home. The great thing about these job options is that you can do them all in your own time, so you can work around your existing schedule and family commitments.
You can do these jobs in the evenings and at weekends when you have more time to yourself. In addition, you can do them all from the comfort of a home office and earn a very good income into the bargain.
One of the jobs you can consider as a stay at home mom is offering web design services online. This is something you can do remotely, and you can offer your services to clients around the world. In today’s digital era, website design services are very much in demand, so you should find an excellent demand for your services.
You can look forward to putting your creativity to good use while also making very good money doing something that you can work on from home and in your own time.
Another option if you want to work from home as a stay at home mom is to offer online writing services. Many businesses and individuals are keen to find good content writers for blogs, articles, marketing materials, and more.
If you have a flair for writing and you are good at research, this is a job that you can do from home and in your own time. Again, you can earn very good money doing this and you should never find yourself short of clients.
One other option to consider if you want to work from home is online selling. Over recent years, more and more people have taken advantage of the popularity of online shopping by setting up their own online retail venture. You can set up your own site or you can operate with the help of tools such as eBay stores. Either way, you can make a very good income by doing this.
What are the Benefits of Working from Home
As a stay at home mom, there are many benefits that you can look forward to when you set up a venture from home. First off, you won’t have to worry about the expense and hassle of arranging childcare for your little ones, as you can work from the comfort of your own home.
This can save you a lot of money and time as well as stress, as it means you can continue raising your young family yourself while also enjoying the opportunity to make decent money and keep yourself busy once the kids are asleep or at school. Another major benefit is that you get to enjoy total ease and convenience when you work from home.
You don’t have to worry about travelling to and from work, which saves you time and enables you to eliminate the need for travel costs.
In addition, you can set your own schedule, so you can work at the times that are most convenient for you and fit your work in around your childcare and family commitments. You can also look forward to the ease of working from the privacy and comfort of your own home, which makes it far easier and more convenient to earn money as a stay at home mom.
Another thing to consider is your future. Even if your kids are still very young, at some point they will be heading off to school leaving you at a loose end. If you have already established a part time stay at home business that you do in your spare time, you can expand this and turn it into a fulltime venture when the time comes. This means that you can hit the ground running once your kids are at school and you can start working fulltime and earning even more money without the hassle of having to apply for jobs and try and get back in the saddle.
As your own boss, you will find that operating a business from home is the ideal way to juggle raising a family and earning money. You won’t have to worry about what to do if the kids are ill or you cannot go into work for any reason because you are your own boss. As long as you keep your clients informed, you can take time off as and when you need to, which is something that is crucial for the parents of younger children who are often prone to illness or accidents.
With so many benefits to look forward to, it is little wonder that so many moms decide to set up their own venture at home in order to earn money while their kids are growing up.
With advancements in technology, this is something that has become far easier and this means you can look forward to making decent money while also raising your family. Moreover, this is something you can then turn into a fulltime career once the kids are a little older.
For decades, women have been unknowingly suffering from PSD and intergenerational trauma, but now Dr. Valerie Rein wants women to reclaim their power through mind, body and healing tools.
As women, no matter how many accomplishments we have or how successful we look on the outside, we all occasionally hear that nagging internal voice telling us to do more. We criticize ourselves more than anyone else and then throw ourselves into the never-ending cycle of self-care, all in effort to save ourselves from crashing into this invisible internal wall. According to psychologist, entrepreneur and author, Dr. Valerie Rein, these feelings are not your fault and there is nothing wrong with you— but chances are you definitely suffering from Patriarchy Stress Disorder.
Patriarchy Stress Disorder (PSD) is defined as the collective inherited trauma of oppression that forms an invisible inner barrier to women's happiness and fulfillment. The term was coined by Rein who discovered a missing link between trauma and the effects that patriarchal power structures have had on certain groups of people all throughout history up until the present day. Her life experience, in addition to research, have led Rein to develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which men and women are experiencing symptoms of trauma and stress that have been genetically passed down from previously oppressed generations.
What makes the discovery of this disorder significant is that it provides women with an answer to the stresses and trauma we feel but cannot explain or overcome. After being admitted to the ER with stroke-like symptoms one afternoon, when Rein noticed the left side of her body and face going numb, she was baffled to learn from her doctors that the results of her tests revealed that her stroke-like symptoms were caused by stress. Rein was then left to figure out what exactly she did for her clients in order for them to be able to step into the fullness of themselves that she was unable to do for herself. "What started seeping through the tears was the realization that I checked all the boxes that society told me I needed to feel happy and fulfilled, but I didn't feel happy or fulfilled and I didn't feel unhappy either. I didn't feel much of anything at all, not even stress," she stated.
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This raised the question for Rein as to what sort of hidden traumas women are suppressing without having any awareness of its presence. In her evaluation of her healing methodology, Rein realized that she was using mind, body and trauma healing tools with her clients because, while they had never experienced a traumatic event, they were showing the tell-tale symptoms of trauma which are described as a disconnect from parts of ourselves, body and emotions. In addition to her personal evaluation, research at the time had revealed that traumatic experiences are, in fact, passed down genetically throughout generations. This was Rein's lightbulb moment. The answer to a very real problem that she, and all women, have been experiencing is intergenerational trauma as a result of oppression formed under the patriarchy.
Although Rein's discovery would undoubtably change the way women experience and understand stress, it was crucial that she first broaden the definition of trauma not with the intention of catering to PSD, but to better identify the ways in which trauma presents itself in the current generation. When studying psychology from the books and diagnostic manuals written exclusively by white men, trauma was narrowly defined as a life-threatening experience. By that definition, not many people fit the bill despite showing trauma-like symptoms such as disconnections from parts of their body, emotions and self-expression. However, as the field of psychology has expanded, more voices have been joining the conversations and expanding the definition of trauma based on their lived experience. "I have broadened the definition to say that any experience that makes us feel unsafe psychically or emotionally can be traumatic," stated Rein. By redefining trauma, people across the gender spectrum are able to find validation in their experiences and begin their journey to healing these traumas not just for ourselves, but for future generations.
While PSD is not experienced by one particular gender, as women who have been one of the most historically disadvantaged and oppressed groups, we have inherited survival instructions that express themselves differently for different women. For some women, this means their nervous systems freeze when faced with something that has been historically dangerous for women such as stepping into their power, speaking out, being visible or making a lot of money. Then there are women who go into fight or flight mode. Although they are able to stand in the spotlight, they pay a high price for it when their nervous system begins to work in a constant state of hyper vigilance in order to keep them safe. These women often find themselves having trouble with anxiety, intimacy, sleeping or relaxing without a glass of wine or a pill. Because of this, adrenaline fatigue has become an epidemic among high achieving women that is resulting in heightened levels of stress and anxiety.
"For the first time, it makes sense that we are not broken or making this up, and we have gained this understanding by looking through the lens of a shared trauma. All of these things have been either forbidden or impossible for women. A woman's power has always been a punishable offense throughout history," stated Rein.
Although the idea of having a disorder may be scary to some and even potentially contribute to a victim mentality, Rein wants people to be empowered by PSD and to see it as a diagnosis meant to validate your experience by giving it a name, making it real and giving you a means to heal yourself. "There are still experiences in our lives that are triggering PSD and the more layers we heal, the more power we claim, the more resilience we have and more ability we have in staying plugged into our power and happiness. These triggers affect us less and less the more we heal," emphasized Rein. While the task of breaking intergenerational transmission of trauma seems intimidating, the author has flipped the negative approach to the healing journey from a game of survival to the game of how good can it get.
In her new book, Patriarchy Stress Disorder: The Invisible Barrier to Women's Happiness and Fulfillment, Rein details an easy system for healing that includes the necessary tools she has sourced over 20 years on her healing exploration with the pioneers of mind, body and trauma resolution. Her 5-step system serves to help "Jailbreakers" escape the inner prison of PSD and other hidden trauma through the process of Waking Up in Prison, Meeting the Prison Guards, Turning the Prison Guards into Body Guards, Digging the Tunnel to Freedom and Savoring Freedom. Readers can also find free tools on Rein's website to help aid in their healing journey and exploration.
"I think of the book coming out as the birth of a movement. Healing is not women against men– it's women, men and people across the gender spectrum, coming together in a shared understanding that we all have trauma and we can all heal."