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Working moms vs stay-at-home moms

Should I stay at home or go to work after the arrival of my baby? This has to be one of the most interesting and debated topics of all times. Women face many challenges in both these scenarios and are often caught in the dilemma of what to do post-delivery. As all mothers know, it is not an easy decision to take.

Whether it is a stay-at-home mom or working mom both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

STAY-AT-HOME MOMS

ADVANTAGES

  • Adequate time with your little one

One of the best things about being a stay-at-home mom is that you can devote your time entirely to your little one. Watch them grow, take care and comfort them. You have complete control of the household.

  • Less stress

There is no unnecessary stress of meeting deadlines or attending late meetings which are quite prevalent in the case of working women.

DISADVANTAGES

  • It can be a boring lonely life

The same regimented and monotonous life can become quite boring.  Doing the same household chores every day and following the same lifestyle, missing the camaraderie with co-workers can get quite depressing at times.

  • Financial insecurity

The biggest disadvantage of staying at home is that you have to be With insecurities like financial independence, lack of self-confidence and social life, you start feeling trapped and constricted. Moreover, the wider your unemployment gap grows the rustier your skills and knowledge becomes.

WORKING MOMS

ADVANTAGES

  • Financial freedom

There are many positives to being a working mom, financial independence being one of them. This financial independence gives her the confidence to make important decisions for her family and allows her to enjoy a comfortable life. She does not have to be dependent on anyone for material needs for her and her children

  • Your life is more balanced

Being a working mom means that you are able to have adult time as well as time with your children, giving your life a sense of balance. Spending all your time with your little ones can lead to a loss of identity as you forget who you were before you started drowning in nappies and baby powder.

DISADVANTAGES

  • Stressful at both work and home 

Many working mothers feel guilty about not spending enough time with their children. This leads to women stretching themselves a little too much while maintaining a work-life balance. High level of stress both at work front and home can have an adverse effect on her health.

  • You can miss out

The thought of leaving your little monster for eight hours can seem appealing at first but the fact is that you may miss out on a lot of firsts. Not to mention the overwhelming sense of guilt it could summon.

It is important to remind yourself often of the reason why you made the choice you did.  There are support and help available to help you cope with the challenges of your choice.  Free State Care in Action can assist you through parental guidance and counselling to teach you the necessary skills to cope with your situation.  We can provide your child with excellent daycare and pre-school services.  Contact your nearest Free State Care in Action Branch or call us on 051-4446143 for assistance.