Parents choose different paths once their kids are born. Join the discussion and answer the question: “Why do you work or stay at home?”
I have a strange work schedule: I work full-time, but work from home for the equivalent of two days. For the first year post-maternity leave, I worked part-time.
I’m fortunate to have arranged this schedule with my boss and company. It allows me the opportunity to work with others in the office but also be home with my two-year-old.
I’m also one of those moms who work for financial reasons. We could live off one of our salaries, but we like to save for our short- and long-term goals. Relying on one income—no matter how frugal we already live—wouldn’t afford us that ability.
The income I made working part time was enough for our goals yet still allowed me that extra day to hang out with my kid.
That said, I actually don’t mind working. The people are cool, my commute is eight minutes, the actual work is challenging yet doable. And… I even got promoted! I give a ton of props to my company for promoting someone with a flex schedule. They recognize that being a parent doesn’t prevent employees from doing a good job.
If money wasn’t an issue though, I would like to be a stay-at-home mom, with a caveat. While I would spend most of my time with my toddler, I’d still like to work on projects that are mine. Maybe that’s volunteering, pursuing side businesses, or working on this blog.
Then again, I may just have a case of greener grass on the other side. I’ve never been a stay-at-home mom so for all I know, I might just prefer working instead.
How about you? Why do you work or stay at home?
One of our readers is a stay-at-home mom to her daughter after reading her post on why she decided to become one. And a few months ago, I featured a poll asking you what your employment status is, and the results were even:
- 35% work full-time
- 35% are stay-at-home parents
- 30% work part-time
Tell me, why do you work or stay at home?
Get more tips:
- Why We Need to Ask Dads about Their Work Life Balance
- The “How Do You Do It” Working Moms Guide
- Being a Working Mom Isn’t Always a Second Choice
- How to Explain to Your Kids Why You Work
- The Surprising Factor that Gives You Work-Life Balance
Your turn: Why do you work or stay at home? What is your ideal situation? What are the pros and cons to your current situation?
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