Would you believe if I say that is joyful to stay at home? It’s the pull factor totally. Seeing my kids grow day by day and having ample family time fulfills me. Have the kids ever exhaust me? Yes, of course! They are just like any other energetic kids and are attention seekers. They drain me physically and mentally.
But what turned me from a full time working mom to a stay at home mom is my strong desire to mold my kids’ character before they turn 6. Yes, if you notice, that’s the parenting deadline. Kids’ behavior and attitude is formed at their tender age. They absorb, copy, experiment and test boundaries when they are very young and they more or less develop their character by the time they turn 6. These characters are likely to follow them throughout their life.
What does this mean to you? If you are a working mom, do consider full time parenting instead of delegating that crucial task away. What happens if your kid(s) whines unreasonably, does not listen or turns into a naughty brat? Would you work by the day and merely parent-by-the-night? Is that sufficient? Many parents I know work full time and send their kids to enrichment classes weekly and shower them with toys. Their kids have countless materials needs but when it comes to behavior, there is plenty of room for improvement.
Staying-at-home not only allows you to monitor the kids’ behavior but also their health, emotional and physical needs. You will also have ample time to teach them every aspect of life from reading to money management and baking to morale values.
“There’s no end to learning, unless you stop teaching”
As parenting is a journey, I had picked up some materials which I find it useful in upbringing bright and well-behaved kids. Be sure to equip yourself with Democratic Parenting which helps you to explore factors which contributes to great kids’ behavior and what parents can do to achieve a healthy and happy family with wonderful kids. I specifically loved the part whereby Dr.Blaise Ryan pointed out about excessive screen time which affects kids’ development and behavior.
Isn’t it ideal? Staying at home allows you to ample time to work on kids’ behavior. Well, that doesn’t mean you must devote all your time and energy to your family being a stay at home mom. You too can find other interest, like myself, I love to blog and bake too! What’s your take?