Dear Crissy

Being a SAHM is the best decision I’ve ever made

The other night while chatting with my mom on Facebook, I told her that I was feeling a little sad because Evan is growing up so quickly.

“He is growing like a weed,” she said.

Happy Kid

I then told her, that while I definitely have those emotional MOMents as he continues to change right before my eyes, I also feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to be home with him every single day.

She said, “I know, it is the best decision you’ve ever made.”

Happy Baby

Being a SAHM really is the best decision I have ever made, and it was one that I was absolutely firm on for years before having my kid. I realize that many women work outside the home because they want to, and many because they need to. I understand both.

Beautiful Baby Photo

I was raised by two parents who both worked outside the home, so I know that it’s not the worst scenario by a long shot, but wow, I feel so LUCKY to be able to spend my days with my kid.

On another note, Evan is never happier than when he is outside, toddling around the yard with a stick. Is the love for sticks a universal trait among little boys, or what?

Happy Child

Are you a SAHM/WAHM, or do you work outside the home?

Crissy Page

Crissy Page is the founder and CEO of Dear Crissy and Parent Pretty. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two spirited and super-cool kids.

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  1. Lolo — March 15, 2011 @ 12:52 am (#)

    You are a very lucky lady that you are able to stay at home with your son. I wish I was able to stay home with mine. :( I am grateful that I have every summer and holiday to, and cherish every moment.

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    • Crissy — March 15th, 2011 @ 10:45 am

      Summers and holidays are fantastic! If I did have to work, I would want a teacher’s schedule! :) Thanks for commenting Lolo.

  2. Darcy @ Tales From the Nursery — March 15, 2011 @ 12:58 am (#)

    I was so glad we were able to make it work for me to stay home. I was thinking about it while on maternity leave – then my position was eliminated about halfway through..decision made for me!

    I do work part time from home now and I love it… in only 4 months I’m amazed at all I’ve shared with my daughter!

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  3. Mama Rizzo — March 15, 2011 @ 1:00 am (#)

    I am a SAHM, and as frustrating as my girl can be at times, I wouldn’t trade the “MOM HURRY” in the morning when she wakes up, or the “I love” at night (we’re still working on that whole “you” part). It’s a struggle in this economy, but we make it through somehow.

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    • Crissy — March 15th, 2011 @ 10:46 am

      It’s definitely a hard, and sometimes frustrating job! :)

    • Kristin — April 25th, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

      I agree. It’s a struggle sometimes but there are so many ways to cut corners and figure it out. In the end the most valuable thing is being able to hug my little guy or carry him around in the middle of the day just because I feel like it.

  4. Tara — March 15, 2011 @ 1:01 am (#)

    I’m a SAHM, and I agree with you 100%. It really was the best decision I’ve ever made. I can’t imagine life any other way.

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  5. Elga — March 15, 2011 @ 1:08 am (#)

    I’m a SAHM too, just like you. I’m glad I could be a significant part of both my boys life every single day, every minute and every hour. I also bring them anywhere I go. They are 5yo and 10mos old :) You got a handsome young man over there! He looks great in green..

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  6. Crinthia — March 15, 2011 @ 2:17 am (#)

    I am also a stay at home mom, I love it on most days. Unfortunately I think I have to trade it for at least a part-time job :/ It’s been almost two years so it’s been great. Hopefully, I will be able to return to it.

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  7. Colleen — March 15, 2011 @ 3:44 am (#)

    I’m a SAHM, which was the plan…but not quite this early. ;) My husband is in the army, and currently deployed in Afghanistan, so I was going to work until he got home. My job, on the other hand, had a different idea… Oh well, this was the plan anyway! It just started a little early.

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    • Alisha — March 17th, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

      Thank you for you and your husband’s service!!

  8. allisonnicole — March 15, 2011 @ 6:51 am (#)

    Chrissy, I know exactly how you feel! I worked up till 6 months of my 3rd pregnancy. So I was a SAHM w/my 2 boys but worked w/the girls. It can be hard at times but it is the best to be able to stay home w/them! I do feel guilty @ times that I wasn’t able to have as much “at home time” w/my girls but at the time I had to work. Enjoy this time now because before you know it you will have a 13 year old like me! Many days I still can’t believe how grown-up my oldest is & wonder where the time went! Just keep on taking lots of pics like you do & treasure every moment! Have a great day!
    Allison :)

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  9. Carmen — March 15, 2011 @ 8:33 am (#)

    I have been a SAHM for going on 8 years now. I have had ups and downs along the way but I have been able to enjoy each stage of my kids lives. My oldest is now 13 and my youngest is 3. I am currently looking for a part time evening job to have as my “Me” time away from this kids. While it has always been a priority for me to be home for the kids all day in case of emergencies at school etc, I feel that it is a good time to start moving on. While my older three were ok when I was not around that is not the case with my 3 year old. He has a hard time even when I make a quick run to the store. Maybe it is because I have so many kids (lol) that I feel the need to take this route but in the end I am still home when they need me and in my place while I go to work will be my husband. He says that when I take seasonal jobs outside the home he feels he can spend more quality time with the kids than when I am around. Plus I tend to be happier and have more motivation. I think it is a blessing to be able to chose when and if you want to work while your children are small. I am very glad I can.

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  10. Tricia — March 15, 2011 @ 8:34 am (#)

    I am a SAHM and even on my worst days, there is no place I would rather be. No other place that I should be.

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  11. Anne Patrone — March 15, 2011 @ 9:00 am (#)

    As a SAHM, I completely agree with you about feeling so lucky to be around for my boys while they are growing up. I know that our family is blessed to have a dad who can provide for us and allow me to stay home. The time has passed so quickly – I look at my 11 year old and realize oh my, only seven more years and nine for my youngest.

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  12. Ani — March 15, 2011 @ 10:02 am (#)

    Crissy,

    I absolutely agree, being a SAHM is one of the best experiences of my life! And yes, collecting sticks IS a universal little boy trait. ;)

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    • Crissy — March 15th, 2011 @ 10:47 am

      Ah, I knew it with the sticks! When we go outside it’s an immediate rush to collect sticks!

  13. Denise LeBegue — March 15, 2011 @ 10:05 am (#)

    You are indeed lucky and smart to SAH with Evan. I wish I was able to be home with my little guy. Fortunately, my husband gets to be with him a few days a week, and my aunt watches him the other days. They both lavish him with love and attention, so that lessens the guilt a little. My guy will be 20 months next week and I can totally relate to how they change soooo fast and little boys do love sticks….and ROCKS. We find rocks everywhere these days. :)

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  14. Elizabeth Flora Ross — March 15, 2011 @ 10:08 am (#)

    It is the best decision I ever made, too. But unlike you, I was dead set AGAINST it my whole life, until my daughter came along. I never wanted to be a stay at home mom. But after she was born, I couldn’t stand the thought of being anything else. And we were fortunate that it worked for us financially.

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  15. Marcie — March 15, 2011 @ 10:20 am (#)

    I decided to become a SAHM when my baby girl was born. I agonized over the decision (see my post here: http://www.thesimplethingsblog.com/2010/08/my-big-decision.html) because I’m a very career-focused person, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I may go back to work eventually, but for now, I’m enjoying every second at home.

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    • Crissy — March 15th, 2011 @ 10:56 am

      Thanks for posting, Marcie, going to read your post!

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