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.

Lil Ma posted in Education Oct 05

Any stay at home moms returning to college online

I am a stay at home mom of four toddler boys (7,6,3,2) and I want to return to college as an online student for my early childhood education degree. Any advice? Thanks in advance

  • Sofi
    Oct 06

    When does your smallest turn 3? I found it very hard to return when my son was 2. I have 3 kids a boy that just turned 4 a boy that will turn 3 next month and a 1 year old daughter. I don't have alot of help from my husband I'm sure if I had more support I would have been able to but he works very long hours and is much older than me so I am waiting daughter to turn 3 so she can ... More

  • Lil Ma
    Oct 07

    Thanks sofa for replying to my question. I appreciate it. And to answer your question my 2yr old turns 3 in February

FTM Needs advice on making Mommy Friends

Hi everyone! First time mom to my son born in November. I'm also a stay at home mom. I love the fact that I get the chance to stay home and watch my son reach all his milestones, but I feel like I'm slowly going crazy from lack of adult interaction! I've tried some mommy groups on Facebook and while I think I click with some moms, the feeling doesn't seem to be mutual. How do ... More

  • Courtney
    Sep 24

    Yojana. Girl PREACH!! I live in WV and as if the extreme poverty, homelessness, drug addiction / overdoses etc weren’t bad enough. Our state is so ass backwards it’s like dog years but double or more. 1 year hear is like 14+ years somewhere else. Unless you are an addict / in recovery, a foster child or parent, or an incarcerated felon - there are no initiatives or programs or community events... More

Anonymous posted in Parent's Health Aug 05

Health insurance

I am a stay-at-home single mom (I know... sounds crazy). I have an 18 month old and am hoping to stay home with him until he starts kindergarten. I have the financial means to make this happen, but I am going to lose my current health insurance in about a year. My son is covered under his father, so I will just need it for myself. I have several preexisting conditions that require (expensive) m... More

  • B
    Aug 05

    Check the open market for your state

Any moms feel stir crazy from the transition to becoming a stay at home mom?

Nobody warns you about how hard the transition from working all the time and having to change over to being home all day not having any adult interaction. A part of me feels bad about this because I love my son and want to be with him all the time yet crave to have that “importance again” Any advice ?

  • Sarah
    Sep 15

    I’m going through the exact same thing. It’s really tricky because this baby time is so short yet somehow so challenging. Even when you start new projects—It’s also so hard because as soon as you take an hour or half hour or let’s be real 10 minutes to work on a project e.g. fix the garden etc, baby cries! Then when you’re on your way over to tend baby,husband doesn’t understand and mentions yo... More

  • Y
    Sep 22

    Seriously, being a FTM is the hardest thing I’ve every had to do. I am incredibly grateful to be with my 3yr old and infant everyday versus a daycare. But I do wonder how other moms survive. I’m lucky to have 5 minutes to myself. And always plan to have some self care time when they go to sleep, but by then I’m exhausted. On top of it all, I’ve been trying to find a part time job to substitute ... More

Chelsa posted in Education Jul 11

Courses and continued learning

What are some classes you have or would like to take that you feel would be useful as a stay-at-home parent? Ex: CPR

  • PK
    Jul 12

    I took a child development class, one where we were allowed to bring our kids with us to class so that they could play and socialize while parents/students discussed the topics. Part of the class requirements was to develop an activity and craft that was age appropriate.

  • Natasha
    Jul 15

    Child development classes, cpr, cooking, organization, home maintenance... anything that will benefit you and what occupies your day,

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Dads Jul 10

“Do you still LIKE being AT HOME?”

I always get asked this question and wonder how others handle it. It completely annoys me because what I want to say back is “Do you still like going to work?” I know that staying at home (which I hate that term because we are always out) is not for everyone but I feel like people say it to me since they don’t always know what to say.

  • Anonymous
    Jul 11

    If it’s genuine for me to ask them if they like working but don’t you miss being with your children, then sure?

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture Jul 07

What do you say when people ask what you do all day?

Hi! How do you respond to people when they ask you what you do all day? I'm a stay at home mom with a child who now attends preschool.

  • Suz
    Aug 10

    Not that it’s their business but some things I did when my kiddo was at preschool but before my 2nd baby arrived include managing the house and bills, researching schooling/ nutrition/ health concerns for the child(ren), self/care such as doctors appointments, dentist, physical therapy or anything needed like that, prepping for meals needed later in the day/week, making calls / being present f... More

Anonymous posted in Child Care Jul 01

Transitioning FROM daycare (SAHM)

We are planning for our second child and realized, even if both of us are working, daycare costs will be out of reach. I’m nervous on two fronts and would appreciate any advice or stories regarding two transitions: 1 - from being a full time worker to full time SAHM (I admittedly was VERY ready to return to work at the end of my first maternity leave) 2 - how to transition baby #1 OUT of day... More

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jul 04

    When I had my first, I was ecstatic to return to work. Everyone told me I was going to be devastated and cry, and I loved it. I felt like I had it all. As my second child came close to being due (17 months apart), I asked to go part time to make life balance easier (I loved my job, and my husband and I honestly could afford to put both in daycare based on our pay and work from home flexibility)... More

Anonymous posted in Mental Health Jul 01


Anyone else out there lonely? I’m a SAHM and have 3 young kids and a great husband but could really use a friend to chat with whether online or in person sometimes. Am I the only one feeling this way?

  • Ashlee Leal
    Jul 28

    Yup lonely here. Have a husband in the oilfield with 4 kids u see the age of 12

  • Genesis

    SAHM with 3 young kids and a wonderful husband. If you need a friend. I'm here to talk.

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture Jun 30

SAHM: So you can watch my kids, right?

I recently became a SAHM and the question has already been asked, “So, if there’s an emergency, we can just bring the kids over to your house, right?” It wasn’t even really a question. It was a statement. I’m not really sure what to say to be honest. I couldn’t stay home with our first child because we couldn’t afford it financially. Now, with our second being over a year old, we are at a plac... More

  • Natasha
    Jul 01

    Say no, your kids and family need to build up your bond and if that “emergency” time comes up then you make a decision then but say for the current time that you need to focus on the well being and development of your current children and that your not ready at the time to add additional kids. 💗

  • anonymous mom
    Aug 09

    Ugh, the audacity. And under what circumstances would a daycare close and a parent would still need to work?? I mean, if it’s an in-home provider, they would close for a week or so for vacation maybe?? In that case I thought it was standard for the person to help the parents find other fellow providers to bring their kids to for the week. The only other reason a daycare (in home or center) wo... More

Anonymous posted in Parenting Culture Jun 25

Transition From WAHM to Working In Office

Has anyone transitioned from working at home to working back in the office while your kiddos are still little? I have been working at home since I was pregnant with my son and he's now almost 2. He's going into a preschool for 2-4 year olds part-time in August and I'm starting to get calls from companies for positions that only allow working from home 1 day a week. Before I get too ... More

  • Rachel
    Jul 02

    Yes, I have been working FT, where I worked 2 weeks after I gave help me transition to working at home while caring for my baby girl! I spaced out my 12 week maternity leave/baby bonding over the course of a year, still working at times during my supposed time off, because I was so grateful to be able to work from home while taking care of my first child and developing what I f... More

Jobs for STHM??

Hi I looking for part time or full time jobs .. my daughter has turned 5 & will be going to KG from September.. I am planning to take up jobs to make some income.. any suggestions or links?

  • Angela
    Jul 20

    Other than the regular retail jobs, there is real estate. Realtor is a very flexible job. Also estheticians make good money too. You could become a lash tech and work out of your house. Also a lot of companies hire virtual customer service agents. You just need computer, internet and good customer service skills. I’ve had good luck on linked in and indeed.

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?

  • Sara
    Jun 20

    The best thing I've found for my little one (1 year old) for solo play is to give her something that isn't designed to be a toy and also that she hasn't seen before. Things like kitchen utensils and mixing bowls, big cardboard boxes she can climb in, random objects that seem safe... all those things she loves to play with. If it is designed to be an actual toy she gets bored more ea... More

  • Marie
    Jun 20

    I started doing 10 minutes of solo play time with my oldest after each meal. It started out so I could clean up, but I also saw the added benefit of him playing by himself. We now do 10-15 minutes after each meal with our twins (who are 1) and oldest is now 2.5. We turned our bedroom into a 3rd play room, so that each kid is in their own room for solo-play. The Twins fuss sometimes but then th... More

Anonymous posted in Stay-at-Home Moms Jun 18

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
    Jul 04

    Thank you everyone for the supportive advice and your experiences! I took the first step and gave 6 weeks notice to help give some time to train my replacement and cover some vacation times others with be out that we already knew about. Everyone was very supportive including my leader which was so comforting. I shared your experiences with my husband and they were very good to consider, and so... 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

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

  • Rachel
    Jul 11

    LOL that's called armchair quarterbacking and I'm SO SURE she would be up at 5am EvERY morning making organic, from scratch breakfast and the house would be spotless and the activities would be endless because in fantasy land no one runs out of energy or has their own needs

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

  • 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?

  • Mysticnocturne
    Jul 11

    My cousin was in a similar situation, but three young kids and not pregnant. Her counselor told her that every paycheck she was to secretly hide some money as a nest egg for leaving. She also needed to make a solid plan on how she was going to leave with 4 people. By plane? By car? By train? How much would that cost? What supplies would she need to make that happen? Where would she relocate an... More


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

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