Everything changes when your first child is born. Your lifestyle and sleeping habits are the first to change, but they’re far from the most permanent. Your entire perspective changes and you might find yourself seeing things in a way you’ve never imagined yourself seeing them before becoming a mum.
New Lifestyle, New Challenges
One of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a new mum, if you are fortunate enough to financially have this choice, is choosing whether to return to work after your maternity leave is complete or to become a stay-at-home mum. On the one hand, going back to work means more money for your family and more opportunities for you to further your career. But that comes with a huge drawback: leaving your child in somebody else’s care for hours and hours every day. Your child will only be little for so long and at this age, every day brings something new. But if you choose to stay home with him or her, you’ll face a different set of challenges, like missing opportunities for advancement at work, putting the family’s entire financial burden on your partner, and becoming consumed with childcare to the point that you lose sight of anything beyond the full-time mum lifestyle.
The key to successfully navigating these latter challenges is finding the balance between your life as a mum and your life outside of your children.
Be a Part of Your Community
Take your child out, even if it’s only to the park or the library for a few hours. It’s important for your mental health and your child’s development to spend time outside of the home, building relationships with others adults and remaining in touch with your friends.
Make a Schedule and Stick To It
The previous point, leaving home to run errands and spend time with others, can be worked into your schedule. By creating a daily, weekly, or monthly routine for yourself and your child, you automate your simpler tasks and allow yourself more time and energy to devote to your own personal projects.
Never Stop Dating Your Partner
Your child needs you. So does your spouse. Hire a sitter and spend time with your partner, just the two of you. It needn’t be a fancy meal or a night on the town — do what makes you and your partner happy, whether that’s an evening in with a movie or a day spent just driving aimlessly, exploring new places together.
Balancing Your Family’s Needs
As a mum, your child’s well being is your top priority. But you need to make your own well being a priority as well. Although it can seem difficult at times, never allow your own needs to go unmet. By creating and maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle, you’re giving yourself the strength of mind to be a better mother to your child, a better partner for your spouse, and a healthier, more dynamic you.
Earn Money From Home
If your concerns about becoming a stay-at-home mum are financial, consider finding a way to make money without having to commute to work. One way to earn money from home is to become part of an organization like Penny Miller.
Penny Miller is a home shopping company that provides Australian stay-at-home mums with the opportunity to earn good money in eight to ten hours per week working from home. Working with Penny Miller is ideal for stay-at-home mums for the following reasons:
- It provides a flexible, structured schedule. As a distributor, you drop off and pick up your catalogues when it’s convenient for you.
- As part of the Penny Miller team, you spend time interacting with your customers, your Area Coordinator, and your Zone Manager. You get the adult interaction you need, discussing business-related issues and maintaining professional relationships with parents and non-parents alike.
- You can earn money to help support your family. How much you earn is up to you — maybe you only need pocket money for small purchases; maybe you need to help support your household alongside your spouse. With Penny Miller, you can work the number of hours that comfortably fit into your schedule.
You can meet your social and scheduling needs while providing income for your family as a part of Penny Miller.
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