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.
In 2016, I finally found my voice. I always thought I had one, especially as a business owner and mother of two vocal toddlers, but I had been wrong.
For more than 30 years, I had been struggling with the fear of being my true self and speaking my truth. Then the repressed memories of my childhood sexual abuse unraveled before me while raising my 3-year-old daughter, and my life has not been the same since.
Believe it or not, I am happy about that.
The journey for a survivor like me to feel even slightly comfortable sharing these words, without fear of being shamed or looked down upon, is a long and often lonely one. For all of the people out there in the shadows who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, I dedicate this to you. You might never come out to talk about it and that's okay, but I am going to do so here and I hope that in doing so, I will open people's eyes to the long-term effects of abuse. As a survivor who is now fully conscious of her abuse, I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and, quite frankly, it may never go away.
It took me some time to accept that and I refuse to let it stop me from thriving in life; therefore, I strive to manage it (as do many others with PTSD) through various strategies I've learned and continue to learn through personal and group therapy. Over the years, various things have triggered my repressed memories and emotions of my abuse--from going to birthday parties and attending preschool tours to the Kavanaugh hearing and most recently, the"Leaving Neverland" documentary (I did not watch the latter, but read commentary about it).
These triggers often cause panic attacks. I was angry when I read Barbara Streisand's comments about the men who accused Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them, as detailed in the documentary. She was quoted as saying, "They both married and they both have children, so it didn't kill them." She later apologized for her comments. I was frustrated when one of the senators questioning Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (during the Kavanaugh hearing) responded snidely that Dr. Ford was still able to get her Ph.D. after her alleged assault--as if to imply she must be lying because she gained success in life.We survivors are screaming to the world, "You just don't get it!" So let me explain: It takes a great amount of resilience and fortitude to walk out into society every day knowing that at any moment an image, a sound, a color, a smell, or a child crying could ignite fear in us that brings us back to that moment of abuse, causing a chemical reaction that results in a panic attack.
So yes, despite enduring and repressing those awful moments in my early life during which I didn't understand what was happening to me or why, decades later I did get married; I did become a parent; I did start a business that I continue to run today; and I am still learning to navigate this "new normal." These milestones do not erase the trauma that I experienced. Society needs to open their eyes and realize that any triumph after something as ghastly as childhood abuse should be celebrated, not looked upon as evidence that perhaps the trauma "never happened" or "wasn't that bad. "When a survivor is speaking out about what happened to them, they are asking the world to join them on their journey to heal. We need love, we need to feel safe and we need society to learn the signs of abuse and how to prevent it so that we can protect the 1 out of 10 children who are being abused by the age of 18. When I state this statistic at events or in large groups, I often have at least one person come up to me after and confide that they too are a survivor and have kept it a secret. My vehicle for speaking out was through the novella The Survivors Club, which is the inspiration behind a TV pilot that my co-creator and I are pitching as a supernatural, mind-bending TV series. Acknowledging my abuse has empowered me to speak up on behalf of innocent children who do not have a voice and the adult survivors who are silent.
Remembering has helped me further understand my young adult challenges,past risky relationships, anger issues, buried fears, and my anxieties. I am determined to thrive and not hide behind these negative things as they have molded me into the strong person I am today.Here is my advice to those who wonder how to best support survivors of sexual abuse:Ask how we need support: Many survivors have a tough exterior, which means the people around them assume they never need help--we tend to be the caregivers for our friends and families. Learning to be vulnerable was new for me, so I realized I needed a check-off list of what loved ones should ask me afterI had a panic attack.
The list had questions like: "Do you need a hug," "How are you feeling," "Do you need time alone."Be patient with our PTSD". Family and close ones tend to ask when will the PTSD go away. It isn't a cold or a disease that requires a finite amount of drugs or treatment. There's no pill to make it miraculously disappear, but therapy helps manage it and some therapies have been known to help it go away. Mental Health America has a wealth of information on PTSD that can help you and survivors understand it better. Have compassion: When I was with friends at a preschool tour to learn more about its summer camp, I almost fainted because I couldn't stop worrying about my kids being around new teenagers and staff that might watch them go the bathroom or put on their bathing suit. After the tour, my friends said,"Nubia, you don't have to put your kids in this camp. They will be happy doing other things this summer."
In that moment, I realized how lucky I was to have friends who understood what I was going through and supported me. They showed me love and compassion, which made me feel safe and not judged.