The New Stay-at-Home Mom
Forget everything you've heard about stay-at-home moms. A new generation is starting their own businesses, blogging, and working at home.
Pick Your At-Home-Mom Style
Earth Mama She grows her own organic veggies, makes her own baby food and, of course, washes her babies' diapers in environmentally friendly suds.
"Every evening, I head out to the garden with my daughter, Sukey. Last summer, we ate a handful of raspberries each night; it was such a sweet thing to do together before she went to bed." -Cassandra Wright, 28, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
- Churchy mom Her best friends are moms at Bible study, and family-friendly church events like pot-luck dinners figure prominently in her social schedule.
"Being a SAHM allowed me to plug into the mom's group at our new church, which helped me get connected a lot more quickly. I developed several really strong friendships as a result." —Sonya Braun, 37, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Artsy mom She always has a project going—whether it's painting a mural for the nursery or selling her custom-made diaper carriers online; being a SAHM seems to inspire her creative side.
"If I didn't dedicate some of my day to creating something—whether it's a quilt, a photography session or a fabulous homemade meal—I wouldn't be as happy." —Nicole Hoxie, 26, Livermore, California
- High-tech mama Nap time is golden for the plugged-in WAHM. She has her laptop next to the nursing pillow, headset ready for a conference call and a pacifier handy at all times.
"Even though I work at home, I can meet my clients face-to-face via Skype; I just try not to schedule meetings when the kids are underfoot." —Leah Humphries, 43, Erie, Pennsylvania