Being a Stay-at-Home Mum

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Toddler playing with dad in autumn leaves

A few months ago, I made the massive decision to give up the job I loved to stay at home and look after Dylan. It took me so long to come to that decision as I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am but ultimately I just couldn’t see myself leaving Dylan in childcare for a minimum of three full days a week.

Since handing in my notice I’ve definitely had some wobbles where I’ve wondered if I’ve done the right thing, but most of the time I do feel really lucky that I’m able to be a stay-at-home mum and look after him while he is still so little. That being said, I am finding it strange not getting a paycheck every month and having to buy everything out of our joint account. Especially in the run up the Christmas – I’m hoping that Mik doesn’t get any spoilers when he checks the account!

For that reason, I’ve been thinking about trying to start making some money from home. But what to do? There are so many options but each time I have an idea that I think might work I talk myself out of it as I can’t see how I’d fit it around Dylan.

I see lots of other women who seem to be able to work from home while still looking after their children and to me they look like superwoman! If I was to work on my laptop during nap times, when would I get the cleaning, food prep and general house admin done?

I’ve read lots of articles with ideas for stay-at-home mums to make a bit of money and I also had a flick through this ebook which gives some great ideas and has lots of handy tips and resources for setting up a small business. So much to think about but I just feel like I have so little time! Dylan’s naps can be a bit hit and miss and sometimes he doesn’t sleep very long at all. His best sleep is usually in the evening but to be honest I am normally so shattered by then that the last thing I want to do it open my laptop.

I keep saying to myself that I’ll start something once he’s sleeping better or doesn’t need quite so much attention during the day but I have no idea when or if that will happen. If anyone has any bright ideas please let me know!

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