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The New Roles in Motherhood

The New Roles in Motherhood

The New Roles in Motherhood

The New Roles in Motherhood

The New Roles in Motherhood 

In 1955, Good Housekeeping published “The Good House Wife’s Guide,” advising new mothers and wives on their role in the household. Their number one priority as a mom? “Encourage the children to be quiet” when their father comes home from a long day of work.

You’ve come a long way, baby.

It’s a new era for women, which means motherhood takes on new meaning. Though there are some traditional roles that will never change – such as loving, nurturing and comforting – women’s changing role in society fundamentally effects women’s role as a mother. Millennial women are an empowered generation. As they raise children, millennial women reclaim what it means to be a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) or a working mother.

To begin with, you are now the Chief Financial Officer. According to a recent CBS News report, the average cost to raise a child from birth through age 17 is now $233,610.00. Though all these additional costs don’t happen at once, you’ll learn quickly that your pre-baby monthly budget is going to go straight out the window, and a new budget will be necessary. New mothers, suddenly thrust into the day-to-day lives of their babies, are on the “front lines” of understanding how and where the money needs to go. So, whether you split costs with your partner or provide for your family on your own, your role is to make fundamental financial decisions for the well-being of your new child.

You are also Chief Imagination Officer. Two generations ago, if a woman dared to work outside the home, she was limited to work like Secretary or Waitress. Millennial women may have grown up as the first generation virtually immersed in technology, allowing more women to either work at home or climb to more powerful positions than their mothers before them. Women are redefining their role in the workplace – and in the home -  and it is your role to pass this new reality on to your daughter and open her mind even further to the possibilities. Introduce her to STEM. Give her the tools to challenge societal norms. And you know what? That goes for your son, too.

John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” Guess what? Life is about to change in every fundamental way imaginable (and that’s a good thing, by the way). Whatever routine you, or you and your partner, have developed is going to be swept aside as you focus your attention and priorities on this new life you have created. Your role now is to take charge and create the new plan. Again, especially in the early months of your child’s birth, no one is going to have more insight to your child’s needs than you. Your plan should include health care options, early development, education, emergency plans and more.

Finally, don’t forget that one of the most important roles you have as a mother is Director of Fun. Don’t let all the planning and organizing and cleaning get in the way of one of the primary reasons for being alive: to have fun. It’s easy to get caught up in the seriousness of parenthood, with all its duties and responsibilities. But the best part of childhood is that it’s fun, and honestly, the best part of being a parent is that it’s fun, too. So, remember to plan the fun. In fact, plan a lot of it. And when you’re having fun, be fully engaged in it. Put the phone down, close the laptop, and really dedicate this all-important time to your baby. You have a lot of new roles now, but the sheer joy of play and the unconditional love you’re about to experience is as timeless as motherhood itself.

CFO, CIO, Chief Strategist, Director of Fun…all great titles and important roles. But the bottom line about the changing role of motherhood is that you are in charge, and you are fully capable of rising to the challenge of these new roles. The most important decisions you’ll make in this new role concern the health and welfare of your newborn. That’s why it is imperative that you explore the option of cord blood banking through Evercord. Learn about the medical advancements that can benefit your child and your family, find out how cord blood banking can fit within your budget, and secure the future you’ve always dreamed of for your baby.

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