I had a hard time in some ways reconciling my choice to stay home and raise my daughter and growing family. We have universal $7 a day daycare in quebec and thus there are very few stay at home parents... Daycare is the norm after babies are a year old. In most ways I am confidant and proud of my choice to focus on being the primary care giver to my daughter, but I do get tired of the monotony of our routine (especially this second winter! When we have been indoors a lot).
For a while I was looking for something career wise that I could start to do part-time to help bring home some income and also have as a goal for when I decide to go back to work (likely when my kids are in school full days). However, I realized I was doing this more to respond to a social critique that 'being a SAHM wasn't real work'. I stopped this search for something more, feeling like I was being too hard on myself and that I was doing 'real work' I just wasn't being paid for it. However, with this shift I am committing myself to doing more research and reading to deepen my confidence and engage that critical aspect of my brain in the work of parenting.
Are there any books or websites people recommend for alternative parenting?
So far I have really enjoyed reading Simplicity Parenting, You Are Your Childs First Teacher, and some online articals by Alfie Kohn and Jesper Juul.
Right now I am interested specifically in setting bounderies and limits in a loving way, adapting to parenting 2 children and beginning to process towards potentially homeschooling.
This is my first post....sorry if it is a bit all over the place, I think I have more than one question really but any feedback would be appreciated!