East Sac Mom to Mom

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East Sac Mom was created for several reasons: to give moms in East Sacramento a resource for cheap and free local events and activities, to share reviews and event wrap ups and to network with other moms. We appreciate every comment and email and please know that all of them are read and we put a lot of thought into our responses. Often we seek the advice of other readers and this is one of those times.

Meet East Sac Mom Terra, who writes:

I have stayed home with my son since he was born. He starts school next year at Caleb Greenwood and I am wanting to know what other moms in my position do? Start working? If so how do you deal with kindergarten being half days? Have [other moms] thought about offering a cheap program to help other local school moms with this problem? [Such as] mini daycare, or trading babysitting time? What to do?

Terra, let us first say that we know many moms who have struggled with this same dilemma. You have spent the last several years of your life devoted to the life of another– day in and day out. Once that little person enters school age it is a life change for the both of you. I would suggest to begin thinking about what you enjoy doing. Have you had a career in the past? Is there a job or a skill you have always wanted to learn? Being that kindergarten is only part-time it can lend itself to opening up your day to take a class, take on a part time job or even volunteer. The most important thing is that you feel fulfilled. A child leaving for school can be difficult, especially for first-time moms because there may be an “emptiness” where there once was activity, structure and (lets face it) noise. Remember that every mom is different and what works for one family will not work for another. With that said, I’d like to open it up to other readers to comment with their thoughts and suggestions.

We appreciate your feedback and look forward to reading your responses. If you are not comfortable commenting below you can email responses to eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.

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2 Responses to “East Sac Mom to Mom”

  1. May Says:

    As a teacher, I was in the reverse situation. After staying home with my son for six months I had to go back to school. Fortunately, my mom comes over to watch the little guy while I am at work. My son is not school aged yet, so I haven’t had to make the decisions you are up against…but I am already thinking about it.
    I do stay in contact with many stay at home moms and get to hear what’s going on in their kids’ school careers. When the kids start school many moms go back to work part time, either in their former career or start up something new. Many moms have found home based business as an outlet for their creativity (handmade goods and such). Other moms volunteer at school with their child. If you don’t want to impede on your child’s newfound independence in their own classroom, I bet many teachers at your child’s school would love an extra set of hands.

  2. June Says:

    Hi Terra, first off, how wonderful that you’ve gotten to stay home with your little guy! I work full time and don’t have that opportunity so while I am not in your situation, I can tell you that if I WAS that I would most likely find someplace to volunteer. I think May’s suggestion to help out at your child’s school is a good one. It will help you feel more involved and make communication with your child’s teachers easier. I would also encourage you to find something you love to do, or something you loved to do before you had children, to help fill the time. I’ve found that with a little guy running around many activities I used to enjoy doing don’t happen anymore. It’s all about the kiddo these days. Embrace the time you’ll have to yourself and do something for YOU for a change!

    P.S. Be sure to let us know what you decide to do. We would love to hear from you! 🙂

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