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Monday, May 7, 2012

Many of you have said that you one of you, as parents, has stayed at home for a period to care for your children. How did you decide which parent would stay at home?


  1. The first fe years of our marriage Ken and I were finishing college. We juggled our schedules so that while one was at home with the kids the other was either at school or at work. We graduated with two kids and knew that the cost of daycare for two kids would equal the starting salary of one of us. So we decided that we would take turns looking for a job , first person to get a job would work and the other would stay home......ken got the first job. Like we talked about at our lunch, some people are better suited for staying at home, it took me a few years for me to figure out that I wasn't one of those people, and that it was ok and there was nothing wrong with me.

  2. For us the decision was a financial one. Steve's salary was significantly higher than my teacher's salary. We knew we could make it work living on his salary... not on mine, so I stayed home.

  3. Deciding that Sheryl would stay home with our babies came as a gift and a curse. We found out that we were expecting our first child, then 3 months later, Sheryl was laid off from her teaching position. After weighing all the options, we decided that it would be best for her to stay home with our daughters knowing that we could survive financially on my salary alone. ...............Val n Sheryl