What Challenges do people face when going from a Working Professional to a Stay At Home Parent?
autonomy. so hard. it feels lost and it's difficult to get it back in a healthy way without feeling stress or guilt. working out helps; parent groups with other stay at home parents; social networking; and really trying to maintain calm and peace. definitely challenging, definitely worth it (of course) - but i wouldn't change this. I do have to say, the first two years were the hardest for me. A big transition.
I was a full-time grad student at the time I had to make this decision. I became pregnant with my only child, a son. I was terribly close to getting my Master's degree, but I had only the Thesis to finish-all the class work had been completed.
The challenge I faced at that juncture in my life was letting go of the Master's degree and staying home with a newborn. I chose my newborn.
At this point in my life I may decide to try and get that degree after all, since I was so very close. But I am 55+ now and am not sure I have the energy or time!
Great question, J.S.!
I think its very hard and one has to face many challenges, like Big Serious and lorlie6 wrote their experiences. Some times you have to choose, like I always give importance to my family and thats why I am full time mom. Since my both sons were born, I took care as much as I could, still I am doing and will be doing. Today both of them doing good profession degrees and I am so satisfied that I hleped them to have good degrees, so now one of them has professional job too.
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