There are some wonderful benefits of being a working mom. Sometimes we get so bogged down in the guilt about working that we forget there are benefits of being a working mom. Let’s talk about them. Hopefully, it helps you remember that you have a lot of things going for you as a working mom.
1. You Aren’t Isolated
When you are a stay at home mom, it can be very easy for isolation to set in. This is one of the hardest things about being a stay at home mom. But when you are a working mom, it is nearly impossible for this to happen. You are out amongst people almost daily and have many more opportunities to interact with others. This is one of the great benefits of being a working mom.
2. You Can do More for Your Child
When you work, you typically have better finances at your disposal than if you are a stay at home mom. Although each situation is unique, this is generally the case. It is nice to be able to do things you want to do for your child, such as purchasing them clothes and toys you want them to have. You can also enjoy more experiences with them, such as outings and vacations that you may be able to afford because you work. It is nice to be able to do more for your child.
3. Your Life Has Balance
Being a working mom gives your life balance. Stay at home moms can sometimes struggle with balance because they are with their children so much. When you are a working mom, you have your time with your children and your adult time, too. You don’t usually get so wrapped up in your children that you lose your identity. That can happen easily when you are a stay at home mom.
4. You Have Less Financial Stress
Typically, there is less financial stress in a family with two incomes or in a situation where a single mom works. Money isn’t everything but it does decrease the stress that can weigh on you. There are stay at home moms that find ways to make money from home but their earning potential can be limited. Being a working mom can make financial stress something that you don’t have to worry about or at least as much. Life can be a lot more enjoyable without financial burdens weighing heavily on you.
5. You Can Take Care of Yourself, Too
If money gets tight in a family, most mothers will happily and lovingly sacrifice things they want and even need so their children have more. That is an admirable quality and one that most mothers are glad to perform. But it is always nice when you can afford to do things for yourself, too. Generally, working mothers are in a better position to do this. They may be able to enjoy having their nails done or going shopping with girlfriends because of the extra money their job brings in.
6. You Have More Opportunities to Make Friends
This goes hand in hand with being isolated as a stay at home mom. Stay at home moms can have fewer opportunities to make friends. Working moms are out among other adults daily and therefore have more chances to make friends. This is important. Friends are important at all ages and stages of life. I think it is especially important that women make a special effort to have close friends to support them through the parenting years.
7. You Really Treasure the Time with Your Child
Another thing about being a working mom is that you learn to really treasure the time you have with your child. You don’t take that time for granted. You enjoy it and anticipate it throughout your work week. It makes it very enjoyable when you do have time together. There is something to be said for having this appreciation.
There are a lot of pros and cons to weigh about being a working mom. This list details some of the benefits. What other benefits are there to being a working mom that you have found true in your life?