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Stay at Home Parent or Homesteader?

Stay At Home Mom or Homesteader
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What is homesteading? Homesteading can be something different for everyone. I wrote this blog post when I first started aspiring to be a homesteader, and I was literally “homestead wishing”.

That’s kinda how I came up with the name for the blog.

I wasn’t sure how to define myself. Am I really a homesteader, or am I just a plain ol’ stay at home mom?

What’s the difference between a Stay at Home Mom and a Homesteader?

What’s the difference between a stay at home mom or a homesteader? Both are very hard workers usually. Homesteaders are working towards many goals. Goals like being more self-sufficient, growing a garden, and raising livestock.

When I first started out I wasn’t able to do any of those things. So I didn’t feel much like a homesteader. I wanted to have chickens and to have a garden but it just wasn’t possible yet…

I was making it possible for my family to eat more real food and I learned how to make a lot of things myself like lip balm, bug repellent, homemade body butter, laundry detergent and so on.

I knew one day I would live in a place where I could grow my own food and possibly raise chickens. I was right too. We moved a few years ago, where there is plenty of sunshine to grow veggies and plenty of room for chickens to frolic about.


Before we moved I was doing things in the typical way most people get started homesteading. Which is first changing the kind of food we were eating, and beginning to make items at home, instead of buying all of them at the store.

I eventually realized that I was a homesteader, just as much as I am now. A stay at home mom’s focus probably isn’t on raising chickens, and other livestock, or growing a garden. I knew I wanted more than just to be a stay at home mom. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it just a little different journey that’s all!

My homestead journey is slow and dependant on my budget. It works for us though. No matter what your journey looks like, I encourage you to keep going. Exceed your goals of being a homesteader.

Check out these posts from fellow homesteaders who are defining homesteading in their own way.

I’d love To Know what you think!… Leave me a comment!

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When I first started dreaming about homesteading, I wasn’t able to get chickens, or grow a garden immediately, so I didn’t feel like a homesteader. Even though, I was teaching myself to be more self sufficient, and cook real food. I still wondered was I just a Stay at Home Mom or was I real homesteader? #homesteading #homesteader

4 thoughts on “Stay at Home Parent or Homesteader?”

  1. Sounds like you need to figure out some basics of building your homestead by yourself. That is part of the self reliance thing. If I am reading this right…you were given chickens and “looking” on how to “get” or build a coop. Look on Craigslist for free pallets…there are your materials if you can’t go to a lumber yard and buy some. If $ is a problem go slow. Gardening by seed is cheap…you need dirt and seeds and sun and water. You already have chicken poop to start a compost bin. Again, I am only responding to how this sounds with the way you wrote it.

  2. You’re right, as long as you are happy and fulfilled with what you are doing nothing else matters. It’s so tempting to look down on others who are doing something different than us, but I’m glad to hear that you’ve found your calling! We are pretty privileged to be able to do so. I also know I need more… At the moment it means I have my finger in too many pies, but it’s all about finding that groove. 🙂

    1. Homestead Wishing

      I think that is a great way to describe being a mom… finger in too many pies. I often find myself with way too much on my plate and trying to find a balance. Thank you so much for stopping by Kris!

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