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I was a SAHM with my DD until she was a year old (by then her dad and I had split up and I HAD to work). Now, two years later, it looks like I'm back at home, which I don't mind in the least. It keeps down costs for babysitting, gas, etc..
I am a SAHM mom now, and will continue to do so. I am still finishing school.. and honestly with 3 kids that need care, I wouldn't bring anything home after getting paid--it would all go to daycare. Hopefully though when I am graduated and have a better skill set I can go back in a few years, I get bored at home!
Jocelyn Gabriel Grayson and due in September!
Well, the plan is to hopefully somehow have me stay home, mainly because there is no way that we can swing daycare with three littles. My mom does it now (we pay her) but she is really struggling with it, so I won't even ask her to do #4. I am hopefully moving up in my direct sales job to a higher position and am going to work my tail off to have that job supplement my full time income.
I'm a working mama, but I'm looking at changing my career. It's just too much stress and work with 3 kids at home (I can't imagine it working with 4). Right now I'll have the entire summer off to hang with all my kiddos until mid/late August. But if I decide to switch jobs, my leave situation may be different. However, if I can find a job where I'm not so stressed & bringing home work I think the early sacrifices will be worth it.
I went back to work full time after DD, and I've been a SAHM since my DS was born. DH tried to convince me to quit after DD was born, but I thought I made too much money to do that. Then when I was pregnant with DS, he made a spreadsheet showing how our tax bracket would drop, we'd qualify for more tax credits, and after daycare and commuting expenses, my paycheck would only contribute an extra $100/month to the checking account. No way was I going to keep working for just $100/month!
Lisa, mom to Alie and Christian