Undoubtedly, becoming a parent is a life-changing and wonderful experience. It’s one of the greatest titles in the world and one of the biggest blessings.
But, parenthood isn’t easy at all. No other job compares to the challenges and struggles parents face raising their children, especially to those of stay-at-home parents.
Staying at home with children is more difficult than holding down a full-time job. Are you wondering why this is so?
Well, the answer is simple: Not only is parenting expensive, but it also brings with it a significant amount of worry and stress.
We’ve talked to many stay-at-home parents and most of them agree that staying at home with children is actually harder than going to work. From what kind of food they give their children to eat to what school they send them to, every small decision turns into a crucial and big one, and they worry that they might not be making the right decisions. They worry that others might judge them.
The majority of the stay-at-home parents we’ve talked to agree that being a parent is one of the greatest blessings, but they also agree that certain things, such as sleepless nights, back pain, or watching TV on catch-up, are things you only become aware of after becoming a partner.
They also agree that what honest and unconditional love really feels like is one of the things you only learn after becoming a parent too.
You learn that being a parent means loving your kids more than you have ever loved yourself. It means being willing to sacrifice your own needs and desires for the happiness of your little loved ones. It means always being willing to go out of your way to make them happy. It means doing everything in your power to make them feel safe and protected.
You learn that being a parent means not being afraid to make mistakes and wrong choices. It means knowing when to teach, when to scold, when to watch silently as your kid struggles from the distance.
You learn that being a parent means always caring for your little loved ones even when you’re tired. Even when you’re up to your neck in work. Even when you’re tired of being a stay-at-home parent. Even when your children are difficult to handle. Even when others tell you that being a stay-at-home parent is easy.