Stay-at-Home Parents

Parenting full-time is one of the most demanding and rewarding jobs there is. You'll share every moment with your child and help them every step of the way.

Talk to other stay at home parents and get advice on everything from activities for kids to daily routines to taking time for yourself.

Encouraging solo play

Has anyone had an success with encouraging solo play in your toddler(s)? My 15 m/o is very loving, cuddly, comforted my closeness and reassurance, which is adorable most of the time, but challenging as I work from home and sometimes need two hands for things. What have you liked for helping your little ones entertain themselves?

  • Jenn
    Yesterday

    My LO is 13 months and I try to have her play by herself while I'm in the same room. She likes to wander around our first floor, so I let her do that when I'm home too. I can't get work done by any means though because as soon as my computer comes out, she is all over me to play with it haha. I'd suggest doing the room or giving him/her toys to play with while you are in the roo... More

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    At 15 months kids aren’t able to play alone for very long. You can start with small stretches and give her practice

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Moms Yesterday

Transitioning from the office to SAHM

Hello! I’m looking for your experiences regarding the transition from working in the office to being a SAHM, from the beginning: notice to the boss and how that was handled, first few months at home and getting settled, issues with the family and any others that came up at home or internally with yourself, etc. I’m excited for this change, but anxious about pulling the trigger. Any advice is al... More

  • Anonymous
    Yesterday

    I gave my boss 2 months notice. Requested a one on one meeting and gave them a formal letter. Sat down and talked about what they needed me to do to make the transition of my departure as easy as possible on them. The first few months for me was hard... I don’t know how old your LO is but it took me a while to get into the groove of things. And I felt that as soon as I got used to a routine, ... More

  • Cathy
    Yesterday

    I told my boss about a month after I had returned back to work. I didn’t think being a working mom was going to be so hard! She came back to me with the suggestion of working part time. Unfortunately, while I did part time, it didn’t work for my son’s schedule and I was STILL doing the job of a full time person in part time hours. It was hard. I went part time for 4 months and then had just had... More

Anonymous posted in Child Care Jun 11

Expecting Baby #2 - Should I Stay Home?

Looking for some insight from both working and stay-at-home moms. I'm currently a WAHM - I'm a consultant on contract work and my son stays home with me full-time. He is almost 2. We just found out we are expecting Baby #2 right as my contract is nearing an end and it has me thinking if I should leave the workforce and stay at home full-time or work part-time on the weekends to get out ... More

  • Elle
    Jun 12

    Two thoughts: 1. If it's not a "hell yes!!!", it's a no/not right now. 2. Studies show that the time spent unemployed as a SAHM, turns out is never able to made up for in terms of career progression or wage earning ability. So, if you do it, you gotta really really want to do it, and go into it with eyes open.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 12

    That's some really great advice - thank you so much. @Elle

I love how my mil

Says if she were a Sahm she would spend more time with my son whom is 3 with Autism etc and take him everywhere. Like whatever. Now I’m gone to NC waiting on my husband to come here next month (he has the other two kids) she ain’t doing nothing with him! Like what was that stupid? What was that? You’re gonna do what now? I’m sorry I know I’m not a perfect mom and what not but she doesn’t see ... More

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment May 06

Recently became stahm looking for stuff to do with my son during the day

I recently became a stay at home mom and I feel like I’m failing I don’t know what to do with my 3yr old during the day. I know he needs to be doing hands on things and playing and not just on his tablet several times a day (only hr and half at a time). I feel like all we do is play on our electronics and then go out to the yard for a bit then he’s asking to come back in cause he’s bored so we... More

  • Natasha
    Jun 09

    Indoor activities can include : drawing with mess free markers or crayons, painting with washable paint, Pinterest or google toddler activities. Build with blocks, read a lot of books, play with puzzles etc..

  • Mrs. HHH
    Yesterday

    Play dates!

Anonymous posted in Divorce & Separation Apr 30

I feel stuck.

I’m a SAHM with a 23 month old, and currently pregnant. I’d really like to leave my husband; I feel like he finds joy in putting me down and finding fault in everything I do; but Before our daughter was born we’d decided I’d stay home to raise her. Now I have no job, and rely on my husband for financial support. I have no family or friends that I can turn to. Does anyone have any advice? PS:... More

  • Janette
    Jun 09

    Start by learning about the grey rock method and secretly stashing some cash. U will probably have to be very careful and definitely have a plan. Try calling the domestic abuse hotline and they will help u come up with a plan, always keep a “to-go” bag ready in case u have to leave with your child in a hurry. I always said it was in case our daughter had an accident or puked on me (that was why... More

  • Anonymous
    Jun 12

    Hi there I just wanted to check-in and see how you’re doing? Sounds like a really hard situation. I’m in an unhappy marriage with two kids under two years and struggle. I fantasise about leaving, but also have issues of dependence. I’m in awe of your (and some of the above posters’) courage. How are you doing now?

Frustrated.

Does anyone else get super frustrated at the end of the day? I’ve been trying to wash my hair for four days now. I have so much dry shampoo in my hair my fiancé thought I was getting grey hair. And honestly I totally snapped at my man for suggesting we go to a lemon festival and bless his heart he knew I was upset so he said “I’ll just ask you tomorrow” . But between my toddler still not talkin... More

  • A
    May 05

    I agree with everyone - 30min of screen time is totally worth clean hair. 😂 Also, have you looked into local rec centers? Honestly, the YMCA was a life saver for me, a mom of twins. My kids go to child watch for 2 hours a couple days a week. I workout, I shower, I have a cup of coffee in peace. And I am SUCH a better mom when I’m done. Also, I think it’s good for them, as well. They get some pr... More

  • Kerry
    May 06

    When my boys were babies (twins) my husband worked in Boston so he left the house at 4:00am and got home at around 6:00pm. Long day for a 40 year old first time mom of twins! Well every Friday night we had what we called "boys night". My husband would take over as soon as he got home, until I woke up on Saturday morning. I would take a bath, binge Netflix and chill out in the guestroo... More

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Parents Apr 24

Work from home jobs for stay at home parents

Hi! I'm a stay at home parent. Does anyone have anyone have suggestions of any work from home jobs? Thanks in advance

Baby time

I’m a stay at home dad, I try to keep up with the house chores while the baby sleeps, but it not always possible, and sometimes I feel bad about leaving the baby in the play pen so I can sweep and mop the floors. I feel like I should be entertaining or doing more activities with him. Is it normal to feel this way? And is ok to leave the baby in the play pen for brief periods?

  • Devon
    Apr 25

    I have had the same concerns but i found out it is very important for babies to have a some alone play time so they can learn how to play alone and entertain themselves. Feeling this way is proof that you care so it sounds like you are doing right by your LO!!

  • Lauren
    Apr 29

    If baby needs you baby wear or have baby on your hip. I know my husband realizes how much I do but he doesn't understand the juggling act it takes. I felt bad just like you are saying so I reevaluated and finally found what works for us. I clean during nap times and do a power hour clean. Then I prep any food I can to make supper easier and pack lunches for my husband. Another good time t... More

Anonymous posted in Marriage & Partnership Apr 15

I’m at SAHM and i’m scared I’m starting to resent my husband

He always talks about how he wants more kids but hardly helps out with the one we have. I’m not sure if it’s because we’re both new parents and he’s nervous but he hardly spends any time with her. He’s also super messy so i’m always cleaning and trying to get him to pick up after himself. And at the same time he complains that the house is too clean!!! We have a 7.5 month old so she’s always pu... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 16

    @Amanda I’ll talk to him about it, it’s worth a shot. And the separation anxiety isn’t extremely bad I just worry about my daughter a lot. I trust my mom with her I just have a certain way of doing things to keep my daughter happy and i worry other people don’t listen to me when they babysit her

  • Anonymous
    Apr 18

    Hi - I can really relate to this as my husband is really messy too! I’ve realized that often it’s a communication issue as well as different expectations. My partner and I have decided to communicate better and we found this app called Relish which has really helped and it’s fun too.

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Moms Apr 10

Considering staying at home with kids, but afraid of the what if’s

Hello! My husband and I have been talking about me staying home with our two boys. When we had our oldest, I envied the moms I saw out with their kids on weekdays and would have jumped at the opportunity. But now that we are in a situation where I can, I’m afraid of all of what could go wrong. What if I need to go back to work earlier than expected, and I’ve been out long enough that they con... More

  • Devon
    Apr 11

    You can always start slow by working part time if you can. It will help you feel out staying at home and ease you into it. It will give you a chance to overcome some of those fears while allowing yourself too continue working. In the future, if you had to get a job again after being a stay at home mom, there are always other options. They may not be in your field, but there are things, even lik... More

  • Laura Jane
    Jun 08

    :-) you’ll be a wonderful SAHM. Try not to “borrow worry from tomorrow” - you’ll be glad you took the leap. 💜

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Returning to Work

I have a job interview this coming week that could turn into a strong prospect if not an all out offer. My little one is 17 months old and I have stayed at home with her the entire time. I love my career and worked very hard for it to give it up for motherhood. I’m having a lot of conflicting feelings ... am I a bad mother? Is going back to work going to stress the bond I’ve already had difficu... More

  • Jen
    Mar 28

    Oh heavens no! Not at all a bad mother...is that even what people say anymore?? Moms work all the time!! You’re not gonna be the first.... There is no research out there that shows working parents somehow hurt kids. But there IS proven research that says kids with working mothers actually have benefits when they become adults. (Harvard Business Review, perhaps? Can’t recall...) Girls with work... More

  • annag
    Mar 28

    you need to be a good role model, by taking care of yourself first so that you can help others from a stronger stance. Yes, going back to work will be stressful, but then, so would staying at home full-time.

Anonymous posted in Marriage & Partnership Mar 26

BEING a SAHM causing problems for my relationship.

I am a STAY AT HOME MOM and I don’t drive due to serious anxiety problems so I’m literally stuck at home. I’ve thought of getting a job but I’d pretty much be working just to pay the baby sitter so that’s out of the question. I have no clue what to do at this point I’m starting to feel tired of my relationship and have started arguments for no reason because I feel like my husband is just free... More

  • Anonymous
    May 19

    Ladies I am happy to let everyone know I am getting my drivers license at the end of next week! I was able to get over the anxiety.

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Mar 20

Lost identity

So I’m a pretty young mom. 22 with a 2 year old and I’m a sahm while my husband works full time. And as much as I love my child and my husband I can’t help but think that I have lost who I was. I moved away from my home out of state to be with my husband and started a job. Shortly after I found out I was pregnant but I still worked full time with two jobs while my husband did work here and ther... More

  • Nicole
    Mar 20

    It IS normal but it isn’t ok! As in this is a universal experience but it shouldn’t be. Patriarchal society penalizes mothers. I feel your pain. Acutely. But have faith: COMMUNITY changes everything!! After a decade of my ex making all the big choices for us and moving me and the kids from place to place as he lived his life, I learned to court women. I started looking at making friends like da... More

  • Mom
    Apr 17

    Find and join like minded moms groups

Anonymous posted in Family Planning Mar 13

How did you plan for Baby #2?

My spouse wants to have our second child so that our LOs are about 2-3 years apart. With the cost of living in our area so high, I’m struggling with the fact that I may need to be a SAHM. We can afford for me to do so (luckily), but even with our current baby I knew I was ready to get back to work when my maternity leave was over. How do/did you juggle the costs of a second child? What help... More

  • Amanda
    Mar 15

    This is going to sound terrible but I had no ides how I was going to manage a 2yr old and a new born when my daughter was born. Then I did because I ran out of planning time and she was born. I had no plan and still don't. I am much more dependant on baby wearing this time around. I also taught my son how to help me since he loves to help be involved. Ex. He can give her pacifier back in he... More

  • Alyce
    Mar 15

    Don’t stress over it. Best thing is to try to keep the oldest in their routine as usual. That will help to minimize some chaos. If need be baby wear so you’re hands are free and you can be totally hands on with number 1. No expectations is important. You will learn what works best for everyone and fall into a routine accordingly. And money wise things somehow always seem to work themselves out.... More

How do you meet mom friends?

...How do you meet mom friends when you’re relatively new to a city, now stay at home and have a 1 year old!? tried play ground, some play groups... just so hard...!

Looking to work.

Hi! I've been a stay at home mom for 18months now and I really love it. However I really would like to make some income. If anyone knows of any legitimate work from home jobs i would really appreciate it. Thanks!

  • Lily
    Mar 28

    I work as a nanny, I go to thier house. But I get to take my little one with me and she loves playing with her friends!

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Moms Feb 28

Work from home entry level writing/data entry/product testing jobs resource?

Hi FTM here & 1st time to quit working for more than a year now since I moved here in the US while expecting my now 1 yr old baby. My husband & I agreed that for now, even how challenging it is, that I stay at home while we haven’t put our little one in a daycare & I don’t really feel comfortable w/ a babysitter yet. He didn’t require me to work, for now we can manage, but I feel li... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 27

    Following.. ..i'm in the same boat as you are minus the architecture and design background..

Hydie posted in Child Care Feb 25

Day Care!!

I am thinking about opening a day care in my home so I can stay home with my kids. Does anyone have any advice or tips?!! Anything would be appreciated! 🙂

  • Mrs. HHH
    Apr 27

    Definitely get licensed and certified. I didn’t even CONSIDER in home daycares that weren’t state licensed.

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