By Elyssa Bloom
I just want to start off by acknowledging that being a stay at home mom is the hardest job in the world. If you can do it solo, you are my hero! I, however, am not a stay at home mom. I’m a stay at home mompreneur.
I am so passionate and in love with teaching children. I was a Pre-K teacher and tutor for several years. It didn’t pay much, but it was rewarding, fun, gave me joy, and I truly just love working with children. When my first son was born, I was lucky enough to put him in the infant classroom at the school I worked at. So yes, he started school at 6 months old, but my classroom was just down the hall. It was really the best of both worlds! I didn’t think I could be a SAHM. I’m very active and social and let’s face it, babies are draining!
Fast forward to 2017 when I got pregnant with my second son. My husband and I made a very hard decision that it was best for our family for me to stay home with our new baby for his first year. However, 3 months before he was born, I gave birth to a beautiful and exciting new business. A business that gave me just as much joy as teaching did. A business that I was enthusiastic about. It was my baby.
To the outside world, I quit my job to stay home with my baby. What the outside world didn’t understand was that as a mompreneur, I was building a business at the same time.
Now this, this is the hardest job I have ever had. The pressure to do it ALL is in full force. Since my business is brand new, I don’t feel like it warrants a nanny for my baby. I work between naps, on my husband’s lunch breaks, and after bedtime. I finally started treating myself to a babysitter once a week. And I never knew how productive I could be in four hours.
Mompreneurs are expected to keep the house clean, make dinner, maintain a social life, coordinate play dates, be a good wife, schedule appointments, exercise, go to school functions, and of course raise decent and well-rounded human beings by taking them to gymnastics, dance class, music class, soccer, and so on. ALL while being the CEO of a business that needs them just as much their babies do. I am exhausted and usually feeling overwhelmed. I am stressed and frustrated from the pressure. But with all of that said, I am excited for the future. I know my hard work and will to keep going is going to pay off for me and my family.
Millennial moms are hardworking, driven, powerhouses, setting strong examples for their children. They are a force not be messed around with! Mompreneurs: I see you! You’ve got this!