Mom to mom advice: Transitioning from work to stay-at-home mom

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – Your routine now is boardrooms, schedules, and filing. You may be expecting or have kids at home, but there are a ton of different reasons to be thinking about making the transition from work to stay-at-home mom. We went to WOTV 4 Women’s Facebook to get advice from moms who have been there:

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Jennifer K.:  “It’s a lot more work then you think. I transitioned from a career in the corporate world to a stay at home mom. You need to make sure whatever you do that you still make time for yourself. Don’t lose yourself in the yoga pants and shower-less days.”

Andi B.: “I was surprised how much I like staying home with my kids and at how fast you lose work friends. I work harder now taking care of my 3 kids than I did running a mortgage company.”

Elizabeth H.: “Make sure you find some time for yourself and some friends who you can hang out with during the day with kids in tow. Joining a Moms Club and now a homeschool co-op was one of the best things I did for myself and my children. This is especially important if you are an extrovert.”

Mara P.: “I try to hang out with my other mom friends and let our kids play together as well as going to parks, the mall or the beach! Take your shower in the morning and get dressed. Otherwise you’ll be wearing sweats & messy bun all day, which I happen to do a lot. Make sure to take breaks for yourself once in awhile too.”

Elizabeth I.: Bathe and get dressed with care every morning before your day begins. There is a difference between being comfortable and sloppy. Shoot for the former, you’ll feel better in the long run.

Amanda C.: For me, my biggest issue was not feeling jealous of my husbands booming career and his continuing his education to get even higher up on the ladder. It made me feel left out and ‘unmarketable’…I  found comfort in friends who had been there and relearning how to use my marketing skills… I plan big birthdays, I run an all-natural mommy and kid play date group. We stay busy and that helps me love being a mom!

Sherii S.: Reflecting back, I’m glad I took the time out of my work schedule to stay home for a while. Those years were amazing and exhausting and exciting and frustrating and so worth it. You only have a few years with them in the early years so cherish them!

 

Hope this helps! Do you have advice you would like to share? Comment below!

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