Being a Stay at Home Mum (SAHM)
When we moved here, we were planning to put our son in childcare after maybe a month or two but we decided not to until he is fully adjusted. He was 3.6 years old then. We started his daycare January 2019 and he was so ready and excited by that time. He learned how to read (a few), write (more practice) and numbers (a little bit of addition) in that short span of time being with him. Compulsory education here in Australia starts when your child is 5 years old (preparatory school), Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. School term starts in January. Daycare or kindergarten here in Australia is more on play unlike in the Philippines where at kindergarten, kids are taught how to write their name and letters. But it is ok, do not feel bad if your kids are not into it, they will learn as they grow older. I, myself, can't remember when and how I learned started reading and writing. I did not even go to kindergarten so just let your kids enjoy themselves being kids.
Everyday being a stay at home mum can be with mixed feelings depending on how busy you are. For me, when my son was not in daycare, we had a schedule. He played in the morning after breakfast then before watching, we either do reading, writing or painting. He only watched for an hour in the morning then another hour in the afternoon. Before he used to ask for my cellphone so he could watch youtube or play zombies but now, he seldom asks and he also has a limit on how many minutes to use it. It was not easy at first since he had his own tablet back home so he cried when we did not allow him to use it. Afternoon, he sleeped, if not, he played his toys then hid if Daddy came. Every Friday, we went to the library for him to socialize with other kids and get used with the language. He speaks Tagalog but can understand Ilocano and English. That's why he is in daycare for 5 days to prepare him for the big school (prep) next year. You can also check nearby malls and libraries for their activities. Usually it's free of charge.
|First Visit to the Library|
|First Activity in the Mall|
He started to love books when I told him a story about 'The Three Little Pigs' followed by 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. And now he has a collection. ($2 only in Big W or Kmart).
Now that my son is busy playing in his school, I keep myself busy applying and researching. Before, I kept myself busy with the markets however, since Philippine market is in sideways and I do not have a buying power yet, close port for the meantime (hehe). I started with ASX but as mentioned, I do not have that much buying power. Brokerage fees are expensive unlike in the Philippines. And now, I am busy writing .......
Don't underestimate yourself being a SAHM. There are a lot of opportunities when you are one. Browse the net and you'll find out.
If you can cook, explore and improve your cooking. Maybe you'll have an instant restaurant someday. If reading is your hobby, then maybe you'll become an author, editor, blogger, proof reader etc. someday. If you love kids or pets, you can become a professional babysitter or pet sitter or own a childcare/pet shop someday. So to all the SAHMs out there, let's give ourselves a pat in the back!! Also, let's not forget the working dads because they only not provide for the family but they will also be the financier (haha).
P.S. For me, time is fast here unlike in the Philippines where you can feel how slow the day is unless you are busy. Same with Singapore, time is fast too, but here it is more laid back.