work at home for different reasons. Some choose to
work at home because of the flexibility it gives them.
Some choose to work at home because they want to be their
own boss. And some, feeling God's call to raise
their families, choose to work at home because a job
outside the home takes them away from this awesome
responsibility. Those in this last category often
call themselves WAHMs.
I've been a stay-at-home mom, I've always had lots of jobs
to help pay for the "extras" in our family.
Nothing was ever really long term, just some freelance
work here and there, usually where the kids could help me
out. My children were always the priority. God
did not call me to be the breadwinner of our family, but
the heart of it.
my kids continued to grow and become more independent,
however, I found that I had more free time to pursue a
career of sorts. I didn't want to work outside the
home, because I am a firm believer that God's call on a
mother's life does not end when the kids reach Middle
School. It is essential that a mom be available for
her kids - even, no ESPECIALLY, when they are teens.
So I found my niche and started working toward
establishing myself in the field of writing, working from
the computer in my parlor.
I found that while I pursue this new career, I need to be
careful that I don't neglect my primary job - being a wife
and mother. Many days I have found myself at the
computer until late at night while my husband and kids
were off taking care of themselves. It really was an
easy trap to fall into. I no longer had a toddler to
pull at my pant leg or try to climb up into my lap while I
was working. And they were really good about it, so
it was easy to go back to the computer after supper and
work into the night. One day I realized that this
was becoming a habit and they were living there lives
around me, not with me.
times we forget that our teenagers need us to be available
for them. Our being constantly busy sends a message
to our them that other things are more important to us
than they are. If we are too absorbed in our
work, even while we are home, we will miss valuable
opportunities for communication.
need their mom no matter what the age. Even if they
seem all grown up on the outside, they still need their
parents to show an interest in and be a part of their
lives. God still give us this precious opportunity
to mold and shape their lives. If you are like me,
a stay-at-home mom who has taken on a new career as a
work-at-home mom, let's not forget our true vision
for being a WAHM - putting our