Let’s look at the reasons for being a stay at home mum. These days choosing to be a stay at home mum is a luxury many of us just can’t afford. But if you can wrangle your finances, having the freedom to be a stay at home mum, is one of the best things you will ever do.

We recently shared a post from one of our mums who shared her stresses of being a working mum:

“I am seriously about to get fired! I am so over being a working mum! Last night, my son had croup and while I was tending to him, all I could think of was how was I going to take yet another day of sick leave or should I be an awful mum and send him to pre-school (PS I didn’t send him to school). Last week, my daughter was home for four days with a bad fever and cold and my hubby and I tag-teamed taking sick leave. Now, it’s my son’s big school orientation next week and I need to somehow get him there at 11am in the morning? Then we’re only 4 weeks away till summer holidays and that’s 6 weeks of the kids being home! I don’t have family around to help out and we can’t afford a nanny. My boss is really understanding but I am sure he will run out of patience soon. We definitely need the money but this working mum gig is so stressful. Would love to hear how other working mums make this whole thing work ’cause I’m crumbling here…”

So Stressful

Many of our wonderful mums offered support and many shared that they were in a similar situation.

One said:

“My life was hell whilst trying to work. Didn’t help that bosses were mostly male that never had to take a day off work in their life because their wife looked after the kids.”

Another commented:

“I’m in the same situation…. I don’t know for how long my bosses will be this good to me, I’m so grateful to them and really appreciate for understanding my situation. But I feel sad they have to compromise for me. And I don’t have other options either”

Others agreed:

“We have found it really hard too and I feel your pain. Both my husband and I were in full time work and really struggling to make it all work and be there for our children.”

Quit And Become A Stay At Home Mum

And many have suggested that being a stay at home mum is the best solution:

One said:

“I quit my job of 12 years a family life and work become too much. I haven’t been happier. I may have less money but we manage, I budget, and I no longer have to stress over how my employer is truly feeling no matter how understanding they sound.”

and another agreed:

“I am a stay at home mom for this reason.”

Full-Time Job

But don’t get me wrong, being a stay at home mum is a job in itself. It may not have the stresses of an office and an employer, but it is bundled with its own stresses. And it’s exhausting and rewarding at the same time.

It’s also a full-time job – you can never really take leave and you obviously don’t get a pay check at the end of the month. (Although many people think a stay at home mum should get a massive salary).

But if you can afford it, the benefits of being a stay at home mother generally do outweigh the drawbacks.

Benefits Of Being A Stay At Home Mum

The Benefits of Being a Stay At Home Mum Include:

  • Being the primary carer for your child – this means being available for your child when they are unwell and having control over what they are doing on a daily basis
  • Spending quality time with your child on a daily basis
  • Being there for all precious milestones and developmental stages
  • Having more time to do household chores and manage the running of the household
  • Being able to drop off and collect your child to and from school
  • Be more involved in your child’s schooling and be able to volunteer for the parent committee

Not For Everyone

However, being a stay at home mum is not for everyone and many women feel the need to go into the workforce for a number of reasons, including financial and emotional motivations and may just not be stimulated enough to stay at home with the kids.

Many stay at home mums suffer from loneliness, boredom and feeling undervalued. In addition, many stay at home mums feel that they need to justify their decision not to work. However, these mums do not need to explain themselves to anyone and if this is working for you and your family, then you are #winning.

Are you a stay at home mum or would you like to be? Tell us in the comments below.

More on Mouths of Mums

  • I love being a stay at home mum!


  • I feel really sad for the mums who would love to stay home but financially don’t have that option. I know some who prefer to go to work but there are alot that would love to be in that position but just can’t make it work financially. I’m forever grateful to my partner for being able to provide enough that I get that luxury. It is the greatest gift to have all this special time watching my girl grow and become a little person.


  • It’s a pity that some Mums miss out on being the first person to see their child/children achieve milestones. I realise some have to work to pay the mortgage or rent and other necessities. The price of basic food (no luxuries) has risen significantly over the last few months. I buy sliced Deli Ham for sandwiches. It is the cheapest ham. It also doesn’t seem to be as salty. In 4 months the price has risen $1.50 per kg Nothing goes up by 5 or 10 cents any more. Another example is one family member is lactose intolerant. His milk has increased $0.45 recently. Most prices have risen at least $0.50 and some are several $. I try to get extra of items we eat all the time when they are on special, then hopefully I won’t need to buy more until they come on special again. I don’t know how so many people can afford take-away so often. I know people who reckon they are struggling yet they have take-away twice a week. I realise that is their decision but they are putting a strain on their budget. It is great for a treat or in an emergency.


  • It would be great but we have to have two incomes


  • Same here. It was hard to have single income for the family. But at least we are happy family with no stress.Kids are happy too.


  • Its a very hard decision to make I was a stay at home mum and it was only a single income coming in Oh yes we struggled but managed to do what we could I have no regrets


  • I would like to be but as a single mother that is just not possible.


  • interesting article and will surely help so many mums to decide.


  • I’ve worked from home since my son was a toddler so I feel I have the best of both worlds. I work 3 days a week and have been very disciplined in sticking to those days so I could help out at my son’s school and/or pick him up and drop him off each day etc.


  • I’m a single mother but both mine are young adults now. I’ve now become a foster mum and enjoy every moment staying home giving my time to a child who needs it. The joys of fostering is unbelievably a beautiful thing, watching them grow, helping them through their life, giving them the love and happiness they deserve. I wouldn’t change my life for anythingad their smiles and laughter is priceless


  • It’s becoming increasingly difficult to balance work and life after having children. Childcare can be so costly that working anything other than a full 40 hour week will cover childcare and the regular household bills. Kudos to stay at home mums, and those who choose to work, whatever works for you, i say!


  • I work 2 days a week. I enjoy staying home with my kids 5 days a week and also enjoying working 2 days. They go to childcare 1 day a week and find that helps with socialisation skills. My job pays for food each week which helps a lot. In this day and age it’s hard to be a stay at home mum due to the high cost of living.


  • Each mum has to do what is right for her and her financial situation.


  • I work 2 days a week after a year of maternity leave and I feel like it’s good balance for me. Both options are tough, working full time or being home full time it’s hard work after all running a household is no walk in the part. But dealing with work stress is not easy either. Everyone is different. For me I’m lucky financially I don’t have to work full time as I think I’d really struggle with that


  • No way we can survive without me working, we won’t be able to afford food, utilities, car expenses and no toys!


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