When I became a stay-at-home mom, we had four children. This was during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I lost my part-time job. We’d tried many other times for me to stay home, but other priorities always got in the way. Since I’ve been laid off, however, I’ve learned to appreciate and fully embrace what I hear you tell callers.
My husband was very resentful of me, as finances were very tight, and they continue to be. BUT…the resentment has changed to appreciation. I began building him up with praise. I happily keep the house clean as he goes to work to provide for us. I give him hot homemade meals, including breakfast at the door as he comes home from the night shift or dinner after a day shift. I press his work clothes and prep his meals. He started doing the same for me – he maintains my car and still does all the outside chores, all without me uttering a word. Our sex life has improved too. He told me he brags at work about how he KNOWS I love and appreciate him.
Now when we face financial strain and the idea of me getting a job comes up, he’s the first to say that I have a very important job already, and that I’m irreplaceable at home. No monetary value can be placed on that. Even our children have expressed their gratitude for my being her now. Thanks for teaching me this lesson, Dr. Laura!
Our Finances Are Tight, But We Have A Happy Home