Whether you have a little bundle of joy on the way or a munchkin or two running around already, at some point, you or your partner may pose the big question: "Should one of us stay at home with the little one(s)?" |
Two years ago, I worked full time and loved it. I couldn't imagine staying home.Then I had my now 2-year-old son, Isaac, and now I am at home with him full time. Once a little one comes along, a seismic shift happens: Someone else becomes more important in your life than you, and priorities suddenly change.
When considering whether you or your partner should stay at home, there are three major areas to consider:
First off, you'll lose an entire salary if one partner decides to stay at home--a huge hit to anyone's finances. It might not be as bad as you think. One of you likely earns less than the other, or perhaps one of you is doing work that you could potentially continue on a freelance or part-time basis from home.
The Dollars and Sense of Being a One-Income Family
Can You Afford to Be a Stay-at-Home Parent?
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