A long time ago it used to be that women were expected to stay at home, take care of the children, and keep the home clean. Then women began working outside of the home, which has its benefits. Here are some of the ways working outside of the home can be beneficial for you and your family.
Obviously one of the major benefits of working outside of the home is the additional income your job can provide. This additional income may help you purchase a new vehicle, take a better family vacation, or other luxuries you may only dream about on one salary.
As a working mom, your job may also provide better health benefits than those of your husband’s job. With two sources of health insurance, there is a better chance that your out-of-pocket expenses will be less if you or your family members are hospitalized.
Some jobs require you to learn new skills which may require you to return to school. If you’re at home all day with the children, you may feel like your education has been wasted. Working outside of the home may enable you to stretch your intellectual muscles.
You can develop friendships that don’t revolve around your children. Oh, you may still talk about your children with your new friends, but it won’t be part of every sentence you say. New friends may share other interests with you that have nothing to do with children. And, since you are able to talk with other adults, you’ll be better equipped to deal with your children when you get home.
Working outside your home while your children are younger also enables you to stay up-to-date on new skills or technologies. This way, when your children are older and aren’t as dependent upon you, you’ll be competitive should you want to move forward in your career.
As a stay-at-home mom, you may feel like your job is never done. Five minutes after you’ve finished mopping the floor, your children come running through with muddy shoes. When you’ve finished what you think is the last load of clothing, you look in the restroom and find an overflowing basket ready to be washed. If you work outside of the home, you can actually receive a task, complete it, and expect that you’ll never have to see it again.
There are other reasons women choose to return to work when children are smaller. Working outside of the home has its benefits, and maybe you agree with one or more of these. You may have your own reason for returning to work. Whatever the reason, make the most of the time you have away from home.