If my time as a mother has taught me anything, it's that worrying is par for the parenting course. In fact, I think it's safe to say that all parents worry about damn near everything, to a certain degree. Working moms worry about that so-called "work/life balance," first-time moms worry about getting motherhood "right" the first time around, and toddler moms worry about pee. All the pee. So, of course there are things you're going to freak out about as a stay-at-home mom, too. While us moms are all different with different children and different life circumstances, the constant state of worry we all live in definitely brings us together.
While I’m more of a work-from-home mom now, I was mainly a stay-at-home mom for the first year of my son’s life. I was working as an editor prior to his birth but, due to some issues with my pregnancy, was let go before I could take advantage of my maternity leave (yes, that was as sh*tty as it sounds). I thought I would start applying for jobs when I was three or four months postpartum, but I didn’t. My son was born sick, so I didn’t get to take him home until he was 2 months old. I decided then and there that I’d rather stay close by and watch him grow in those early, pivotal years than go back to work (because, well, I can always go back to work, right?).
Still, even now and as a work-from-home mom, I worry about some of the same things I stressed over when I wasn’t working. Most of my fears have to do with others’ perceptions of my life choices, and with my career goals, though I know that I really shouldn’t worry about what other people think. So mamas, if you’re stressing about any of the following, don’t, because you’re doing the right thing for your family right now.