Alright, time to get to the good parts about becoming a
stay-at-home mommy or daddy:
is Monstrously Expensive
Our childcare cost over $1,800 a month. For some folks, going
to work and paying for child care is nearly a break even proposition.
Essentially you work for the privilege to send your kids to childcare so you
can work. When you do the numbers you need to consider whether the salary you
draw makes it financially worthwhile. And I don’t mean if your job pays $5 more
a month than child care costs you should go to work. You shouldn’t put kids in
childcare unless the money you’re going to make if significantly greater.
Otherwise, why bother?
You are A Consistent Care Provider
At daycares and preschools, staff
will come and go. Your child can get easily attached to a teacher and
then-poof!-they’re gone. You, on the other hand, will always be around (unless
there is something you’re not telling me). Having that safe sense of consistency
helps create a nurturing environment for your kid.
You Won’t Miss a “First”
One of the more depressing things
about putting kids in childcare is you’ll likely miss out on your kids’ firsts.
The first time your baby laughs. The first steps she takes a step. The first
time she tells an off-color joke. There’s a pretty decent chance you won’t be
around when these adorable moments happen.
You Find Work Stressful
There are parents who use staying at
home as a good excuse to drop out of the rat race. If your job is making you
miserable and you don’t see any other opportunities that look better, staying
at home can give you the sanity you desperately need.
Raising Your Child is More Fulfilling than Office Work
Once again, this is preferential. As
I outlined in the cons section, some adults may feel a loss of satisfaction
when they drop out of work. On the other hand, some adults find raising their
kid far more gratifying than pushing paper.
And if you can afford it, you may find that staying home reduces your stress
level. Many parents decide to stay home after trying unsatisfactorily to
balance work and family. The long hours and the feeling of cutting too many
corners results in feeling burned out. Staying home will give you more time to
spend with your children, maintain your home, and help keep your family life
Epilogue: Nicole’s Story
So how did my wife’s stay-at-home mommying adventure go?
In the end, Nicole discovered the stay-at-home mom thing wasn’t for her. She
grew too frustrated trying to work on the house or her resume with the kids
bouncing off the walls. The kids’ attitudes got out of whack as they were not
getting the level of socialization, activity and learning they were accustomed
to at school. So the kids went back to school and so did Nicole, she’s now
working on her Master’s degree. Since leaving the stay-at-home life behind,
Nicole found she actually gets more quality time with the kids because she’s no
longer as frustrated when she gets to devote a portion of her day to being an
Choosing whether or not to stay at home with the kids is
not a matter of how much you love your kids. It’s a matter of what works best
for your family. Every mother or father must make this choice at some point,
and whatever choice you make will undoubtedly be made with what’s best for the
family in mind.
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