I have run into this question often “So what are you doing in your spare time since the kids are in school now” or “don’t you want to work and have your own money?
Are you in my business?
Why is it so hard to believe that a stay at home mom can be black too? I’ve been at this for about two and a half years now and trust, it is not as easy or as glamorous some Moms make it out to be ALL the time. Everybody cannot be a stay at home mom. I have been working since I was 14 and it was a challenge to let go and completely depend on someone for everything. Now that we are a one income family of four, budgeting is key!
I’m still struggling with that one y’all!
My fiance and I agreed that we were both comfortable with me being home with the kids at least for the first two to three years. I bounced back and forth about whether I would homeschool them or not. Still deciding? The kids began school this year, Apple at age 2 and although I planned on keeping my youngest, Dos, with me another year, a spot at the daycare opened up so I had to jump on it quickly. So off he went at 11 months. Yikes! They are both doing well and making developmental progress as well. I love that if the school calls and needs me to come and see about my babies or just to answer the phones for a few hours, I’m out!!
One call, that’s all….about dem babies!!
Now, what do I do all day?
At first, I literally thought that I would be able to catch up on a little sleep, cleaning and other mundane activities in the house. But it seemed as though the more time I have, the more errands that needed to be ran. Being a stay a stay at home mom is a business that needs a great manager(s) for the household to run like a well oiled machine. Lots of budgeting, time management, networking, finding new mommy friends, chef, maid, healer, comforter, therapist, doctor, teacher, LAUNDRY, so much freakin’ laundry, personal stylist and personal assistant to the bread winner, WHEW!!!
Who said I don’t work?
And most importantly keeping my family happy!
I don’t think white women or any other ethnic group get such a backlash like black women do. It is accepted and the norm for white women to stay at home and take care of the house. The idea of a black stay at home mom is she’s lazy, a gold digger and just wants to be taken cared of her whole life, but never she just wants to be there for her family.
Not many women are forced to be domestic goddesses, it is a choice. Sure, I could work long hours to provide them with every and anything they want and need but what I think MY kids need the most is consistency, stability and love. I believe and hope that more black women will consider the option of staying at home with their kids even if for the beginning years, 0-3.
Yet in the first three years of life, a baby’s developing brain doubles in size. Every tickle, every warm chuckle, every waggle of a toy is a mini-explosion of brain-power, joy and love that impacts on what happens in later years.
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There are countless studies that show kids are better prepared for school, relationships with others and show higher levels of confidence in themselves. We need this more than ever in the black community. Black women need the option and the ability to be comfortable with staying at home and having the opportunity to raise our kids. My kids will always know that one of us will be home when they walk through that door. It was the same with my mother, she was a stay-at-home mom as well.
At times it feels like it could be a slight hint of envy when I tell people I stay at home.
I use my time to cultivate my mind, find inspiration and ideas to make my home and the ones in it feel loved. I am developing my boys’ mental and physical well being through home activities, I cook, I clean, I love…… Look!…You know what goes on in a household so that times three for me. I continue working on my own businesses as well. Warren Buffett says a millionaire has at least seven streams of income—–seven.
NOW. I am not blind to the fact that all women cannot stay at home whether it be financial incapabilities or they just aren’t capable of being at home all day with children, trust me I get it. For me, I choose to sacrifice that little bit of time for a better long term result.
But for now…. I choose to enjoy my babies!!
I am blessed to have a partner that believes in my dreams as well. You see he owns his own business and understands the risks that are taken, the FREE time you put into your dreams and the fruits from it. I take pride in the work I do for my family and no one can do it better than me. I will continue this until my kids are at an age of obtaining their independence, so like 4….*shrugs
All in all I enjoy every minute of it. Even when it is challenging at times. I would not trade it for the world.
I don’t mind sharing it with the world either!