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e023 – Choosing To Be a Stay-At-Home Mom with Carrie Plesuk

Carrie Plesuk worked as a pediatric occupational therapist for seven years before welcoming her kids, now ages seven and five. Having always been a homebody and having dreamt of being a stay-at-home mom, she decided not to return to her job, instead staying home with her kids full-time. As her kids now reach school-age, Carrie is very gradually re-entering the workforce with a job that combines two of her passions…child development and the great outdoors. Working one half day per month as a TimberNook instructor and being able to bring her kids to work with her has been the perfect transition for Carrie. She is feeling ready for this next phase of life and is about to start the training program to become a TimberNook associate provider.

In this episode:

Choosing to stay home can involve intentional planning and decision making to make this option more feasible.
Helpful tools in managing a stay-at-home mom juggle include having a village, a schedule, and “me time”.
Remember your why and what’s important to you and your family. Leaning into your choice for juggling motherhood and work can be tough when you are experiencing self doubt and other people’s opinions. 

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Today’s Parent:

On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a great conversation with Carrie about the intentional planning and decision making that went into her choice of being a stay-at-home mom. Carrie shared how having a village, a schedule, and “me time” have been helpful tools in managing her SAHM juggle. She also talked about how remembering why she chose to be a stay-at-home mom helped her to lean into her choice and navigate her own self doubt as well as other people’s opinions

If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 23 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast.

Carrie is so warm and easy to talk to and I am so appreciative of her openness and honesty in sharing her journey in navigating being a SAHM. I really enjoyed our conversation and I know that you will too!

Carrie has always been a homebody. She loves being at home. As well, Carrie shared that she always dreamt of being a stay at home mom since she was a little girl. She said that in this day and age, this may seem strange or different, but this was what she hoped to do for her future family. Carrie’s mom stayed at home with her and her sisters when they were little and she loved it and felt lucky to have her mom at home. 

As Carrie got older, she thought about the reality of actually deciding to stay home and putting that into action as an adult. She thought about things like whether her future partner would agree and see value in it and also whether or not it would be financially feasible. Her desire to one day be a stay-at-home-mom even played into her decision to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She was interested in the field and thought she would love it. However, Carrie also found it attractive that she could get a four year degree and come out and have a career right away, as opposed to continuing to go to university for a program that would take longer.

Not long into dating her now husband, Carrie told him that she wanted to have two to three kids and that she really felt a strong, deep need to stay home and not go back to work when she had them, especially when they were young. He supported that decision and understood her need to do that. They are now married and have two children so he obviously didn’t run…



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