How to Become a Stay At Home Mom – Interview with Laura Harris

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stay-at-home mom blueprint“Wee wee!! Higher mommy, higher!” Her cheeks almost shimmer with a reddish hue as she throws her head back and giggles with delight.

It’s Sunday. You wish this moment could repeat itself day after day after day…but the reality is you’ve got to take your kiddo to daycare tomorrow. She’ll pout, whimper, and probably throw a tantrum again… All she wants in this world is you, but you’re dropping her off with strangers for 9 hours a day…

Oh how you wish staying at home was possible, but it’s just not the reality of this world anymore, right? Doesn’t every parent need to work these days?

Honestly, no.

And that’s why Laura Harris has written the eBook, “The Stay-At-Home Mom Blueprint“. The book is only $10. Use the promo code “LIFE40” and you’ll get it for $6.

Laura has successfully fought her way back home. She’s now a full-time mom and has an unbelievable passion for helping other moms do the same. Buy her 140-page eBook and you’ll be blasted with countless ideas of how to save money, earn more on the side, and ultimately…how you can quit your job!

How to Become a Stay-At-Home Mom – Interview with Laura Harris

Want to know more about Laura and her journey into becoming a stay-at-home mom? Check out the interview below!

1) When did you first have the idea of becoming a stay-at-home-mom? Was it on your mind even before kids came along?

One day in seventh grade, I asked my friend what his mom and dad did for a living. He explained his father’s occupation first. “And what’s your mom’s job?” I asked. With this look of pride, my classmate said, “She’s a full-time stay-at-home mom.” He could have said, “She doesn’t work,” but all moms know how false that statement is. What a cool job, I thought.

Even when I jumped into the workforce in high school and through my early 20’s, I knew if I ever have a family, I’d want to stay home. That was always the plan, and I was fortunate enough to marry a man who wanted that for our family just as much as me.

2) From what I recall, you and your hubby had a pretty low income. Did that ever discourage you from working toward staying at home with your kids? Why didn’t you just admit defeat and work full-time like so many women choose to do today?

We got married in 2011 making around $40,000 from both of our full-time jobs. Two years later, we became parents and I went from working 40 hours per week to less than 10. Our family health insurance launched through the roof and suddenly we were a family of three living on less than $2,000 a month.

What sounds like a desperate situation actually became some of our most precious years as a family. We’d taken a course called Financial Peace University during our engagement that taught us how to make a budget, save money, and get out of debt. Therefore, by the time I let go of my full-time job, we were 100 percent debt-free with cash in hand for our daughter’s delivery and a growing emergency fund.

When our second child came along 18 months later, we’d saved enough to allow me to turn in my key at the bank and stay home permanently. Sure we were living below the poverty line and knew we’d need to increase our income eventually, but it was still one of the best days of my life. With no debt and six months worth of expenses resting in a savings account, life was far less stressful than it could have been. Plus, we did the math. It really didn’t add up for me to find childcare only to break even with my part-time hours at the bank. I wanted to be the one taking care of my kids, even if it meant tuna sandwiches and Ramen noodles for a while.

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3) What did you do to boost your income? How did you find this income source?

When my firstborn was four weeks old, I started babysitting along with my bank job. I could take her with me, so we saved a small fortune on childcare costs. That income enabled us to stay afloat after our health insurance nearly tripled.

The biggest change came, however, when Dontae took a leap of faith with his job. In 2015, a higher-paying position opened within his company and he applied. It was a greater risk since he’d transfer from salary-based to commission-based, but it lined up so well with his skill set and he got the job. That gave us the breathing room to finally save for our first home. Again, with no debt and a clear budget in the picture, that extra money went right toward our next financial goal which was very exciting.

Later that year, I launched my at-home freelance writing business and used those funds to help pay off our mortgage early. Our plan is to do it in less than ten years. By developing my writing career, I can bring in an extra $10,000 to $20,000 every year while remaining home with our kids. If anyone is interested in learning more about my business or how they could work from home, there is an entire section of “The Stay-at-Home Mom Blueprint” dedicated to numerous ways to make money from home.

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4) There are two sides to the personal finance equation: your income and your expenses. What did you do to reduce your costs to make staying at home possible?

We were fortunate enough to rent a modular home from my parents for a lower rate. Prior to that, we reduced our rent on our apartment by doing labor for the landlord who was disabled. Even though renting for the first five years of our marriage wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies, we knew it kept us from becoming crippled by a house payment we couldn’t afford yet. As a result, we did without many things like a garage, closet space, or enough floor space in general, but we knew it was temporary.

Other practical things we did to reduce our costs were: Buying used furniture, driving older paid-off cars, cooking at home, making homemade baby food, couponing, and just choosing not to live a lifestyle we couldn’t afford yet. That mindset was probably the biggest money-saver.

Allow me to clarify. We didn’t always say no. There were a lot of fun yeses, too. We made it a point to include money in the budget that was purely for fun every month. Also, we celebrated milestones, like cooking a steak dinner when Dontae got the new job or replacing our flip phones with smartphones when we got out of debt.

5) Do you believe that other women can do what you did? How does your book help improve their odds of becoming a SAHM?

I really do. Every situation is different, but in my years of financial coaching, I’ve seen so many people walk in filled with fear only to stare their situation straight in the face, talk it through, and walk out feeling empowered about their next steps. We can feel trapped by our circumstances or our lifestyle, but much of that boils down to how we want to live our life.

For example, my manager at the bank stopped me on my last day of work and congratulated me on becoming a stay-at-home mom.

“I would love to be home full-time with my son,” she sighed. “I feel like he’s growing up so fast.”

“You know,” I said, “you might be able to. Have you ever thought about what it would take?”

“Yeah,” the manager said. “We really could do it, but we decided this year we want to replace my old car with something new, and we’re going to Florida again over break, so I know it’s just choices we’ve made.”

If you want to travel or you want to work or have a nicer car or a bigger house and those things prevent you from staying home, that’s fine. It really is. My manager valued her work and the timing of her family vacations, so she made her choice. Completely fine. If, however, you’re longing to be home and feel there’s no possible way, then it’s time to put the car in park, tilt down the rearview mirror, take a hard look at yourself and say, “What am I willing to do? What will it take to make this happen?”

That’s why I wrote “The Stay-at-Home Mom Blueprint.” It’s for the parents who’ve said, “I want this and am willing to do what it takes.” My book simply equips them with their next steps.

6) What has been the reaction of your book so far? Can you give us a few quotes from actual moms out there that are hungry to get back home with their babies?

Many women told me how much they appreciate the volume of money-saving ideas within the book (150+) and said they’ll be applying them to their own plans of staying home.

My most encouraging comment came from a young mom in Sri Lanka who completed the book and said, “Dear Laura, I feel every word in your book & it is like someone has written about myself! There’s nothing that makes me comfortable other than spending my time with my husband and daughter! It’s really hard to leave the job at this moment because it brings more than a half of total income. But now we are thinking about ways that may bring the same while I stay at home.”

A mom who’s expecting her third child finished my book and said this: “I’m loving the book! We [my husband and I] were just discussing last night how it’s great to keep learning more ways to stay on track in different seasons. I love that your book is one we can pick up during those various seasons and glean more ideas from!”

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What are you waiting for?? Don’t you want to be a stay-at-home mom? Spend the measly $6 and figure out how to do it today!

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