What factors did you consider?
I wanted to raise my child and see all of his firsts. I knew we wouldn't have extras but seeing my ds grow up is wayyyyyy more important. Also I don't trust other people to take care of him.
I like to think I have to best of both worlds! I work 3 days a week (2 during and every other weekend) and stay home the rest...getting ready for maternity leave here before shortly!
I've been a SAHM since 2002, when my husband and I got married. I was already a working single mom, and wanted to be there for my daughter and any other children my husband and I had together. We make it work, and our children are happy!
I really don't have a choice. If I don't work my kids don't eat.
I would love to stay at home and, I'm sure, we could afford to if we both agreed to it. However, my husband is against it. It's our main disagreement.
With my oldest I was a single mom for the first 8 years, so had to work.
With baby 2, 3 & 4 I've been a kind of stay at home mom, but run my own business and can schedule things around my husbnad's schedule and occassionally have my oldest daughter watch for an hour or two if need be. To put the younger ones in day care just wouldn't be worth the expense. I would just be working then to pay child care.
I think that's the biggest thing to consider. How much you each individually make, and how much child care is going to cost you. If one of you would just be working to cover the cost of the child care, then that parent should just stay home. Weather that's you or dad. I've had plenty of friends where it's the dad that stays home with the kids, because the mom is the bigger bread winner in the house.
I decide to be a stay home when my son was a baby because we just could not afford day care but now my son is getting older I work part time and the reason I went back to work was to help my husband out with bills and the mortage.,
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