. I have been fortunate. Thank you! Reading this and the comments above both made me cry (because I relate so much!) I know it helps to know you aren’t alone! I like that you pointed out the positives, because I think there are some. Our youth minister’s wife used to do that, so she could stay at home. I just found your website today and am so happy I did! For as long as we have to. In the complicated world we live in, it’s good to find simple solutions. However, I am reminded that I am blessed to have such a wonderful job and I am also able to have summers off, winter and spring break off as well as sick time and vacation time . I would give my right leg to stay home with my daughter, who is 23 months old. I'm a wife, mom to 4, author, & homeschooling homemaker. Every day is another opportunity to share Jesus’ love and grace with others who don’t understand Him. Keep on keeping on, Erin! My husband and I prayed on this for the last two years and I came to a place of KNOWING it was meant to be before my husband. It really encouraged me in my current situation. I will be back in school next August to complete my student teaching and will have to leave Layla and Cain full time for one semester. This was the hardest decision ever. Yay for dental insurance! My husband is trying to finish his Bachelors, but at 1-2 classes a semester we still have a couple of years. I just know we can not afford it at the moment, that’s our fault for poor planning I pray daily that god presents a way for me to stay home with my baby and allows me to have just one more. My husband is a high school teacher as well. I am a working mom (34 hrs a week so get 2 mornings off) who wishes I could be a SAHM. I stayed at home with my daughter until she was one (while staying with her father). You know–I think sometimes I really take my sahm status for granted. That will definitely be my prayer!! But for mothers, the burden may be crushing. Thank you for this. When my children were born I was blessed enough to be with them through most of their first years and had no choice but to go back to work. men, women, single, married, parent or not. Anything to avoid the long hours away from my little one. I want to be the one to edit the essays. I will use this experience to teach my kids. We are very blessed that God answered our prayers for loving Christian caregivers for our sweet girl, and I am blessed with a good job and an understanding boss (who is a working mom to two little ones herself!). I’m blessed to get the summer with my little girl but am already dreading going back to work. Thank you for the encouragement – I’m trying to take this month one day at a time and enjoy the blessings at work, until my time comes to be at home! And saying goodbye to my sweet little babe tore at my heart. I miss her so much. I don’t know what to do I have to work my husband is not making enough and for insurance. Then I breastfed her again as soon as I arrived at the sitter’s house to pick her up. She quickly became a dear, dear friend. Kristina, it’s now 6 months later. It has been the goal for hubby and I. I will most likely work maybe one day a week just to keep my foot in the door career-wise (speech therapy). Plus, in His sovereignty, the Lord has placed me in many offices over the years where lost folks surround me! Why should it be children’s interests that trump? My heart is breaking. To make matters worse, hubby and I both work nights, with no immediate possibility of switching to day shift. In my worst moments, I’ve yelled and cried how I deserve to be a SAHM; how our baby deserves better than what he’s providing. I on the other hand am working full time for insurance and to pay off debts but desperately want to spend days with my son. I am 20 years younger than most and feel left out a lot. We need to eat certain food at certain times, there are even times to use the bathroom, and every part of the day is scheduled. Before my son was born, I was rather resistant to the idea of staying at home when my husband brought it up. Thanks for your blog! Yeah, they’ll cry when you leave, but same with going to school. As a young individual, I can see how they would think otherwise because they have no one else to think of other than themselves. Even though one is gone all day in kindergarten and the other is gone a few hours to preschool, I just miss them so much. I have made friends I will cherish forever at work, however, that drive in…. It’s probably one of the hardest things to do besides being a mother to begin with. Hugs! Not everyone lives the same life and everyone’s situations are different. I had such a hard time, but God taught me so much, and that time–and this time–was a blessing! I work full time. I missed them and wanted to be with them but enjoyed working and never felt like I was meant to be at home. If you want to stay home with your kids, here’s encouragement and advice–plus a look at some of the blessings that come with your time in the workplace! God has sharpened our financial wisdom through this and we are now following his will and leading as we spend and manage His money. For the Mom Who Googled “I Don’t Want to Be A Mom Anymore” July 1, 2015 / Allie Casazza This morning I was checking my blog stats, which allows me to see how new readers are finding me, and what Google searches are leading people to my website. I pray this is a blessed season for you and you will have peace about going back to work! What a gift to be teaching at the same school as your child…and I love the Abeka curriculum (it’s what I personally was schooled on!). We find ourselves still asking what it’s really like to be a working mom…  thinking we’re doing something wrong. I feel it was also written for me. But ultimately..I think this is more a about the workforce being tough than about “think of the children”. When looking at it realistically, it is the best for our current situation, but I can’t wait until our situation changes and allows me to do what my heart wants, which is to stay home with our baby. I’m happy to have stumbled across this post. I also have no passion for the job I do but can go back to school to further education so I’m stuck for now. As another commenter above posted, I am the breadwinner and my husband wants me to work no matter what. I cried while reading it and all the comments. But my heart breaks when I am at the office on long days and my sweet husband doesn’t think it will ever be a reality for me to stay home. I appreciate your honesty and for sharing your heart with the world. Sorry for rambling…end of the day and my brain is tired. I saw working moms come in flustered at 8 a.m . I make too much money to stay home, per Hubs thinking. I teach second grade in public schools, and the world has become very harsh on teachers in the past year or so, thanks to No Child Left Behind. Jenni, I love your words. My friend Lexie had come over to watch her. There you are blogging about it. I’ve been praying to God for guidance and help on this. So thank you for writing without passing judgment. God bless. Kristen @ Trial & Error Homemaking. Keeping the faith, and ever grateful for the encouragement! I do agree with everything you said and do cherish the relationships I have with my co-workers, but my heart is not in my job, it is at home with my children. I wanted nothing more than to be at home with her. I am going to start working full-time next week because I have gotten into pretty bad debt and owe the IRS this year. DREAD doesn’t even come close to how I’ve been feeling about this. I was a working mom as a teacher for the first 6 years of my son’s and 4 years of my daughter’s lives. This post was so encouraging and really helps take some of the guilt away. Trying to be a great mom and also live a full life? I love this story. He wants to be working more and to be able to provide more so that I can be home but hasnt be able to find a steady job in order to do so. I am so encouraged by the optimism and faith I have seen from all the women on this post! This post speaks to me. We have started homeschooling after God showed us that was what our children needed. But for me this is the single worst thing about being a working mom…and it seems to get tougher with each passing year. God has been tugging at my heart to be home again. Are you juggling? It broke my heart to have to do it but it is paying off now. When my husband and I got married, he was a student and we lived off my income. I hope you get to be a sahm! 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