What if Staying Home isn’t My Exclusive Destiny?

Stay at Home Parenting

This blog post is for the stay at home parents who, at times, feel in over their head. If you are like me you feel your destiny is to just be a parent, nothing else. Want to hear a secret? Sometimes I think, “I miss going to work.” Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my kiddos, and I have been extremely blessed to be a stay at home mom for as long as I have been. However, I miss the supposed freedom that comes with leaving the house for work instead of the playground.

Now, me, I know that I would miss my kids terribly and after six months I would be begging to work from home or have a flexible schedule. I’ve always wanted to homeschool them too, so why do I have this pull or itch to get back into the workforce. Is it because income doesn’t flow on my end so I feel like I’m not contributing? Or is it simply because I’m making myself feel guilty?

My Destiny

I’ve always wanted to be a mom, but I’ve always wanted to be independent also. Finding the balance between mom+more has been extremely challenging, especially with a second child in the mix. Before I was a mom I was an insurance agent, I had what seemed like the perfect career and future for my family. Then I got pregnant, my brain became mush, and I realized that I was not made for the office. Flash forward four years to now having two kids and dabbling in entrepreneurship, I’ve learned a lot about balance and about who I am.

That is the biggest piece of the puzzle, I think. Becoming a parent made me slightly crazy but this past year made me evaluate who I am as a person. A person more than mom. So who am I? I’m really bad at adulting, I love my family, I love playing with my kids, I enjoy inspiring others, and I am nowhere near perfect. I like blogging and traveling just as much as I like being a stay at home mom. Because it’s ok to be more than mom, this is where balance and grace come into place.

More than Mom

It’s ok to be more than mom. What a powerful phrase, if I do say so myself, that I am trying to incorporate into my daily life. It’s ok to let go of some control to regain some semblance of self. It’s also ok to find a good school for the kiddos even if temporary to build a future we can all benefit from. Working from home is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do and so is asking for help.

 

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About Bryttany Hyde

Bryttany calls herself a wife, mother of two, and a hustler. “I like to keep it real, instead of worrying about what everyone thinks all the time. Plus what are you going to do to achieve your dreams? Hustle or Hyde?” Together with her family, she is sharing their parenting reality to inspire others to live their parenting style out loud. When not on the blog, you can find Bryttany online via: social media, her podcast, or in her parenting group on Facebook: The Hydeaway.
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