A happy new month to you all!!

We often hear that you are either a stay-at-home mum or a career mum and I recently listened to someone who opened my eyes to see that this is wrong. Stay-at-home mum & a career mum are not opposite.

Looking at the definition of career
“an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress” via google.com

Listening to stay-at-home mums on my Instagram and all of them saying the same things “People think all you do is lounge when you barely have time to do everything” you see that being a stay-at-home mum is hard work and most of us know that we are working mums but we don’t see ourselves as career women.

Being a SAHM, is something a mum undertakes for a significant period in her life and there are opportunities for progress. So, it is indeed a career.

Since we have established the fact that being a stay at home mum is a career, How do we define our career path?

Unlike the traditional day job where there are clearly defined paths to follow, as a stay-at-home mum you will have to define yours but here a few categories you can structure;

  1. Family Life: Here you will define how you want your family life to run such that there will and should be progress. This will include, defining what your family stands for, Goals for the family per-time, defining the process with which your family runs, creating routines and schedules for the family, defining how the domestic staff works
  2. Business/Job/Hobby (If it applies): Here you will create the road map for either starting your business, getting back into the workforce, starting your hobby and having clear action steps on what to do, timelines and deliverables.
  3. Children: Here you track your children, their routine, schedule, academics, values, shortcomings, create action steps on what needs to be done with each child to make them the well-rounded child you want to release to the society.
  4. Personal Development: Here you define your personal development goals, what you need to achieve those goals, how you want to achieve it and action steps.
  5. Spirituality: Here you map out how you will actively develop your relationship with God, seek opportunities to express your gifts, seek opportunities to serve others and love!

I believe the most important of this path is to always review and appraise. We have to measure our progress in all these areas because we should also get better at what we do as stay-at-home mums right?
We will look at each of these categories in-depth in the coming weeks to understand and get resources to help us create the perfect stay-at-home mum career path!

Have you considered being a stay-at-home mum as a career? Do you have a defined career path?