Let’s take a trip back in time to the 1960’s shall we?
My grandmother used to talk about this period of time a lot. She talked about how she couldn’t get a job. She was expected to be home with her kids. She would throw these extravagant parties for the household. Her husband was a Captain. She was expected to keep her home and children spotless. Going out usually required their best clothes. Her one and only job was the household and children.
After they were grown she was so happy to go back to school and learn to be a nurse. She took a lot of pride in her job and she worked it almost until the day she died.
Had she raised children as a millennial mother I imagine she would have worked. I believe that millennial moms are changing the definition of a Stay-at-Home-Mom (SAHM).
When we think of a SAHM we imagine a Mom whose only job is to care for her kids and home. This is no longer the norm. Most moms I meet need to give themselves more credit. Most moms work on top of staying home with their children.
What do I mean by this? Most mothers have a side-gig, hustle whatever you want to call it that supplements the family income, while they are home with their kids. Moreover, many moms work part-time and hustle as well.
Personally, I work nights part-time, but I’m home with my children all day and maintain this fun, little blog. However, by friends and family, I am still viewed as a SAHM. It’s a title that I admire. I mean, I love being with my kids all day! But it’s not exactly accurate.
All the moms I know in my life fit this description. They’re either working full-time, part-time and/or have a side gig.
Why is this? Well, I think there are many reasons. Some moms want to stay with their children, but don’t have the financial stability to do so, others find joy in their side gigs and may have started it for fun and realized their money making potential. Many others realized the cost of child care is so high that leaving their home to work just does not make sense.
Whatever the reason, I think as millennial moms we need to give ourselves more credit. We’re not just moms. We’re entrepreneurs, writers, crafters, creators, sellers and all around amazing!
Cheers fellow working moms!!