10 things I love about being a stay-at-home parent

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When you tell people you're a stay-at-home parent do you ever get the feeling they're imagining you sitting on your bottom all day watching daytime TV?
A dad and his boys walking at Wollaton Park

Either that, or they think your house is immaculate and all you do is clean.

I've often felt like that and I wonder where they get the idea that stay-at-home parents are either obsessed with cleaning or are slobs.

I love being a stay-at-home mum, but I am neither a slob nor an obsessive cleaner.

My house is 'lived in' and I'm proud of that fact. I don't obsess over vacuuming the carpet every day, there are toys left out, and my kitchen looks 'used'.

There are many things I love about being a stay-at-home mum but below you'll find just 10 of them.





1. Taking my kids to school


On our trips to school LP and I chat about all kinds of things, it can range from imaginary animal fights to where we'll be going on our next holiday. It's my chance to talk with him, just me and him. We laugh, we sing along to the radio, and we make our way to school together.

young boy with school bag on his back, walking to school





2. Quiet time once the kids are at school


At 9:10am I get back home after dropping LP off at school and the day is mine. From then until 3:15pm, when I go to pick up LP, I can do what I choose. Admittedly, on most days, what I choose to do is blogging. I spend my days in my office writing, taking photos, and tweeting.





3. The kids know where I am


No matter what the time of day the boys know that I'm at home if they need me. If they're sick while at school, or if they leave something at home, I'm on hand to help. I can be at LP's school in five minutes or BP's school in 10. 





4. I manage my own timetable


I don't have to be anywhere at a particular time, unless I arrange it that way, which means that I'm almost never late. I arrange my days the way that works best for me.





5. I don't have to 'dress up' for anyone


As I don't go into an office every day I can sit in my pjs if I want (I don't!) or joggers and a t-shirt (I do). I am comfortable every single day.

Morgan Prince wearing navy jumper and dark green jeans with light grey ballet flats




6. No compromise on holidays


When my boys are off school for the holidays I am right here with them. I don't need to 'borrow' holidays from next year, I don't need to arrange with my co-workers for days off, and I don't need to arrange my holidays for the same time as the boys.





7. I have no childcare issues


Sickness, snow days, or burst pipes at school are no trouble. Always being at home means that I'm here when something happens. I don't need to worry about childcare at all.





8. Being able to arrange surprises


Sometimes, when I'm feeling particularly soppy, I like to arrange surprises for my boys. I've bought movies, set up new games, all sorts of things, all while they're at school. It's lovely being able to sort out a surprise for them to come home to.





9. Going for coffee with the girls


I have one or two friends, women I've met through my kids, who I meet with occasionally. We go to a local coffee shop or the local soft play centre, for a drink and a chat. It doesn't matter what time they want to meet up, because I'm at home either way.





10. Eating lunch with the Hubby every day


The Hubby and I eat lunch together every day. We both work at home, him in the lounge, making his mobile games, and me in my office, blogging. People think we spend every hour of every day together but we really don't. What we do get to do though is eat together every day.





So there you have it, being a stay-at-home parent is awesome and I wouldn't want to change it for anything.

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48 comments:

  1. Oh wow - you are lucky to have numbers 2, 9 and 10 - enjoy those :) I guess I am a work from home parent. I do all the other things you mention without 2,9 and 10. I have two children at school and two at home with me so my work is creatively fitted into small gaps of time, nap times, waiting in the school car park and after the children go to bed. #sharethejoy

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    1. I really am lucky, and I'm grateful for it every day. You'll get it too eventually. Once your youngest two are older then you'll have loads of time for coffee with the girls! :) Thanks for stopping by. x

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  2. Although the reality of being a stay at home mum trumps the stigma surrounding it in the challenge department (I'd love to sit on my bum all day but that's definitely something we can't do) it's something the suits certain families and I love it for the same reasons as you x

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    1. Ah that's great. You're right too, it's certainly a challenge at times! :)

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  3. Being a stay at home mum is great....
    I'd love to be able to sit on my bum all day but it never happens. I seem to spend my time either blogging, on Twitter or doing housework. lol

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  4. I always find myself being super busy! Everyone says "oh if Luke's at nursery, what do you have to do all day? You can just do whatever you want...!" Uhm, nope! Definitely not! But it is lovely to not have to dress up or stress over what you're going to wear or where you're going. Ray x #MarvMondays

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  5. I share many of your favourite moments of being a stay at home mum as my work is from home. Like you I enjoy eating lunch together with hubby and going out with friends sometimes in the day and then catching up on work late at night. Having my own table times table suits me really well and is perfect to fit around kids #sharethejoy

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    1. That's great hun, thanks so much for commenting. x

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  6. Lovely list. I am a work from home, home educating parent, so my time is rarely my own, but 8 is the one I miss most from when I had some child free hours, but that's just an excuse, really! I could still do it! It's a privilege for sure, and one to treasure!

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    1. Thanks Luschka, yes being able to arrange surprises really is a privilege. x

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  7. Oh so wonderful, I love these aspects thanks to being my own boss! Love you in your skinny jeans x

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  8. I so agree with all of these! Except for not having to dress for anyone, sometimes I would appreciate the motivation :D #MarvMondays

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    1. Haha, yes I know what you mean hun. x

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  9. I love this and would love to be a stay at home more, you seem to have a good routine. I know what you mean about your husband and you working in the same place. My husband and I work together and people don't get it. I would love to be a stay at home mum, but it's not doable. It is lovely to read about yours though. Hugs xx

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    1. Ah thanks Susan. It's definitely nice to be able to be a SAHM. xx

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  10. I love being a work at home mum, as you say it's flexible and you can work around the children. I also love the fact that I can pick them up from school everyday #PoCoLo

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    1. That's definitely up there isn't it? I love being able to see my boy's face when he rushes out of school! :)

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  11. Hi Morgan, I can understand why being a stay at home Mum isn't for everyone, but I always loved it and still do. I hate it when people assume that I do very little or are surprised by the fact my house looks more than lived in (or lived in by a larger family), but to me it's being there when my children need me that's more important and I hate leaving my son home on his own for too long as I worry about him stagnating.

    More money would certainly be a bonus if I went out to work, but I'm happy having less things, but having more time to be Mum.

    xx

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    1. Couldn't agree more Debbie. It is all about being there for your children. My house looks 'lived in' too! ;)

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  12. This is lovely and echoes what Rev T said about the joys of being a stay at home dad when he was one. The most important thing is, whatever sort of parent you are - working or at home - is that it works for you and everyone is happy :)

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  13. It sounds like you've got a perfect balance! I work from home a lot but do have to be away some days. Some weeks/months it works well but others are mayhem! At the moment I'm in 'argh! there's so much to do and how do I fit it all in?!' mode but hopefully next moth will be a lot quieter. xx

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    1. haha, I think we all have times like that Maddy! Even being at home all the time I can get like that, especially on Sundays when I haven't yet washed school shirts!! ;)

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  14. How great that you are happy Morgan it is so Important to do what makes you and your family happy. I like Woking part time as I get to experience both. But if someone said I could work from home I'd jump at the chance!!! 🌸

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    1. I imagine that working part time has its benefits too and like you said, you get to experience both which is great! Maybe one day they will!! ;)

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    2. Back again to say TY for linking up to #FamilyFun 🎉

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  15. I am on maternity leve at the moment and I love it. I got to say I was off work for 6 weeks before baby girl was born as I had to use up 4 weeks holiday before i left then she was 2 weeks late! and I did get a bit bored at times. Now shes here i don't have time to get bored! I do have to go back to work tho after maternity leave is finished as we cannot afford me not too. I am going to cut down from full time, I can't bare to be awy from her all week long. I do love my job tho so even if we could afford me to stay at home I would at least work one day a week. Its great that you are able to be home xx

    #PoCoLo

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    1. Yes I remember maternity leave before the baby being a bit boring, but I think back then you probably had no idea how to amuse yourself or use time. Unlike now when time slips away SO fast! You suddenly have to learn how to enjoy time so that it doesn't disappear before you've had a chance. Enjoy that time with your little one hun. xx

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  16. Sometimes I wish I was home full time so I could get into a better routine, and do more fun stuff. But then when I am off for a few days in a row, I can't wait to go back to work! x #pocolo

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    1. Haha, yes it can be a bit full-on sometimes. Particularly in the school holidays...

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  17. i've only has short stints as a SAHM, when the kids were smaller, i need to work to contribute to the household budget, by the time i could afford to be a sham, the kids were mostly grown uo

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    1. I think that both 'sides' have their benefits, working mums get to dress nice for work and SAHMs get to sit around in joggers or pyjamams. :)
      It's lovely that you got to experience both. x

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  18. I need to tell my wife she needs another job, so I can give a go at this. I get a few days a week of this, and really shouldn't complain, but I hate those days when I do have to leave, knowing I won't see her until the next morning

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    1. Ah I can imagine that's painful sometimes. But it does make those few days all the more precious. :)

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  19. It's lovely to appreciate all of these things, I'm so glad you're able to have a really good work-life balance. I work from home one day a week and absolutely love it X #PoCoLo

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  20. This is great! I'm just on the brink of my maternity ending. Work know I'm not going back. I'm apprehensive. Reading this has made me know I'm making the right decision!! 😀 #pocolo

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    1. I'm so glad hun! Don't get me wrong, it's tough, but really I wouldn't have it any other way. 😀

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  21. When the boys were little I went back to work for 2 days a week and that worked really well for me, meaning I was a SAHM for most of the time but kept my work going and brought in a bit of money, although not much after I had paid out for child care. However I was self employed and I needed to keep connected with the people who employed me. Now in France I work from home so I am back being a full time SAHM even though the boys are teenagers ... and I love it.

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  22. I remember from being on maternity leave just how hard it is being a stay at home mum. I loved all these things about it and actually having been back at work for two years now, I actually wish I could be a full time stay at home mum for some of these reasons! I'm just about to start my second maternity leave and will be making the most of every day :-) Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

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    1. Ah that's lovely, hope you enjoy your time Emily. xx

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  23. I am a stay at home mom too and this is exactly why I am thankful that I am. Being there for my son is just so precious for me. This is such a lovely read and thanks for hosting and RTing =) #pocolo

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