Being a WAHM Vs. Working In Corporate
Let’s face it, being a mom is tough. Oprah called it the toughest job in the world, and with good reason (I don’t know what those guys on the deadliest catch are complaining about). Any mother is faced with choices that demand careful coercion in order to best fit motherhood into your life. A common question cropped up these days is how viable an option being a WAHM really is compared to working in the corporate setting.
In today’s technological wonderland being a WAHM has never been breezier. The biggest challenge is finding the type of work that fits you and someone willing to pay for it. Once that’s all sorted out, however, having the luxury of setting your own schedule can make being a mom remarkably less stressful, especially for those of us with very young children who require constant attention. Studies show that time spent with infants during the first few developing years is crucial towards building healthy familial relations, as well as allowing for an easier time for unforeseen events like doctor appointments.
Being a WAHM can also be tough, though (the phrase WAHM-bam-thank-you-ma’am comes to mind…). It also means being your own boss, however, and setting your own deadlines. In the chaotic world of childrearing it’s very easy for some work to be put on the backburner and eventually get lost in the fray. It also means you may not have a steady source of income like you would in a corporate job, depending on your particular vocation.
A corporate job has many advantages and disadvantages, as well. Maternity leave is a godsend for mothers-to-be and helps ease one into the roles of both motherhood and functioning employee. The steady pay check can also mean one less thing to worry about during a hectic and stress inducing time. Having workplace support can also be invaluable, and if your job is cathartic or stress relieving in any way then having something stable in your life is a definite plus.
It will also means corporate hours that will take up most of your day. It will mean seeing your children a lot less than you’d like, and potentially having to hire a nanny or enrolling in day care, which certainly adds up. In addition to that there’s the additional impact of constant transportation, and fitting in the daily to-dos into an already packed schedule. Going shopping on your way home from putting in your 8 hours can just be frustrating, followed by cooking and cleaning. It certainly attributes to a very different experience and is a leading cause of what I have lovingly termed “the grumps,” which tends to begin a downward spiral of feeling over worked and under appreciated until the inevitable snap. And the snap does come.
As with most decisions when it comes to raising children there is no clear choice in the matter. Each offers pros and cons that may very well fit into your lifestyle or parenting style more easily than the other. For most the transition from stay-at-home-mom to work-at-home-mom might be the easiest to settle into. While the career woman might be more comfortable keeping up with her daily corporate life and, with a little bit of management experience under her belt, have little issue delegating the requirements of parenting. There’s a role out there to fit every kind of mom! And no one knows better than you.
Jennifer Kardish writes for BluWiki where you can find Gameworks Coupons and Old Spaghetti Factory Coupons.
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