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On Choosing to Become a WAHM

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That’s it. The security of employment, a regular wage and paid holiday are gone. After 11 months of maternity leave I have resigned from my position as Marketing Executive to become a work at home mum (WAHM).

I’ve been doing some freelance work to keep my brain active whilst on maternity leave, but it was a big step to wave goodbye to the security of employment. So why did I do it?

Because, having nurtured my baby over the past months I now want to raise my child – I want to teach her about the simple things in life, I want to help her understand language, numbers and science, and I want to see her grow and change every day. But, unfortunately, we can’t afford to do this with just one income.

So becoming a part time WAHM seemed like the perfect solution. I work whilst Rosalie naps, and during the evenings and at weekends when Jim can look after her. I’m not foolish enough to think it’s going to be easy, but at least this way I won’t be missing out on raising my daughter, and neither will I be stepping away completely from the world of work.

How do I feel about it all right now?

Excited to be starting a new venture

Anxious about losing the security of full time paid employment

Grateful to my husband for supporting my decision

Relieved not to have to send Rosalie to nursery

Nervous about my ability to be successful

Eager to launch my freelance business properly

Worried that I will end up doing both jobs halfway

What did you do after maternity leave? And what fuelled your decision? I’d be really interested to hear what others did or are planning to do. Please leave a comment, I love reading them and endeavour to reply to them all!

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    Vickie Rich
    November 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I didn't really have a maternity leave because I was made redundant while I was pregnant so the decision to be a stay at home mum was made for me.

    I'm fortunate that at the moment Hubs is able to support all of us on his wage but I am intending to go back to work when Bubs is in full time education. I think at the end of the day you have to do what's best for you and your family and anyone who disagrees with your decision can like it or lump it! 🙂

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    Jessica Eliot
    November 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story with me Vickie. I totally agree, you have to do what is best for your family, but it's a tough decision all the same x

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