Sometimes all it takes is a little Leap of Faith! We’ve partnered with Northwestern Mutual to bring you this beautiful Free Printable and a few tips on making that ‘leap’ to becoming a stay-at-home parent.
Deciding to leave the workforce to stay at home is rarely an easy choice for any family. There are so many things to consider:
- Is this best for our family?
- Can we really afford it?
- What do we need to change NOW?
- How do we plan on balancing household duties?
… and the list goes on.
Being a stay-at-home mom has been one of the best (and hardest) things for our family. It’s wonderful to be there for the kids, but the financial strain is very real as well. It takes sacrifice. It takes a “Leap of Faith”.
Is this best for my family?
This is purely my own personal belief, but I feel that my place is to be home with my kids. This may change when they’re all in school, or have grown and left the nest, but for right now, I’m where I need to be. And I’m at peace. You definitely need to weigh out the pros and cons. Make a list. Think about your future goals. Be honest with yourself.
Can we really afford it?
You’re losing a source of income. And that’s not something to take lightly. Even though I know I need to be home with my kids, the sacrifices are real, and can sometimes put a strain on my marriage and family. The key is to keep an open form of communication with your spouse. Set a budget. Talk about your goals. Reiterate why you wanted to do this in the first place. You can find some other great tips here: Questions to ask about being a stay-at-home parent.
What do we need to change now?
Do you have savings? Time to start thinking about pinching those pennies so you’ve got a reserve for a rainy day. If you can, take on extra work for a little while and put that into savings. Learn to cut back on fast food, movie nights, splurging on cute shoes, etc. It may sound harsh now, but in the long run, you will be grateful you did.
How do we plan on balancing household duties?
This can be tricky. Being a stay-at-home parent is a 24 hr job, and you’re gonna need help. Be honest. Realize right now that you won’t be able to do it all. Talk about your concerns. Are you worried about taking that trash out late at night? Talk about it. Do you think you’ll be burned out by the time dinner is done? Ask for help. And realize that this new plan will require lots of compromise on everyone’s part.
Find your peace.
Once you’ve made the decision to stay at home, you need to be okay with that. You need to be okay with the sacrifices you’re going to make. You need to be at peace. Because it’s going to get rough sometimes. Make a list. Write down all the pros. Keep a daily thankful journal to help focus on the positive. Find things that help remind you why you took this “Leap of Faith”. And to help you out with that, we’ve created this beautiful free printable. Download by clicking the text below:
Still not sure if you can take that leap? Click here for more ideas to help make that transition.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Northwestern Mutual. The opinions and text are all mine.