So I’m not a mom, but I am a dad who works from home a couple days per week and I also have my blogging activities that take place in the evening and on weekends. To me the biggest key is setting aside a time of even 30 minutes where I am left alone to work on whatever I need to get done. The kids know to leave me alone for that time and then afterwards we can go play a game or kick the ball around. Setting that boundary is key for me to actually get anything done.
One word of advice? Take it easy on the sacrifices. If you give up too much at once you are likely to feel deprived and run the risk of binging on luxuries. Cut out the extra expenses slowly over time and see what you can live without. If life just isn’t the same without that morning latte, then maybe it’s worth trading the magazine subscription for. We all have our weaknesses.
Then there's the childcare expense: If you stay home, you won't be paying for daycare, regular babysitters, or nannies. (If you're expecting your first child and don't know the going rate for daycare in your area, do some research so you'll have a good idea of how much it costs.) If you have older children, staying home may mean that your family spends less on after-school activities and summer camps.
I love being able to set my own working hours, which allows me to do all the school drop-offs and pick-ups, and not caring peanuts about my appearance (unless I'm doing a conference call, in which case I will try to at least make my top half look semi-presentable). I have complete control over when I work, where I work, and, to a certain extent, how much I earn. 
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Hello! Thank you so much for the article I am always looking for new ways to be able to work from home. I homeschool my children and I also get bored easily ;-} So I appreciate it! I have been working at Tried and True Ways to Work From Home for about a year now and they allow you pick and choose your jobs and hours (non-sales and they NEVER ask for money like some of these other WFH places) I want to learn more about affiliate marketing and start my own site/blog. Do you have any more tips on that?

2) Mrs. Hwang’s future social security payments would be higher if she continues to work since income generation drives projected social security benefits. After consulting with a number of specialists, potential “game changers” in social security render calculations too tentative. However, one projection I ran indicated Mrs. Hwang could receive approx. $18,600 per year in retirement (agg 67 to the end of life) if she works, but only half that amount per year if she remains a stay-at-home parent (note: this does not include some build up in credits for work done from e.g. age 30-38). Since social security works like an inflating fixed annuity, missed dollars obviously have an impact on Mrs. Hwang’s cash flow through her projected 25+ years of retirement.


I have a full time job now but I am also pregnant with #3 so I won't be going back. I have a business on the side that I started a while back it is in health and fitness.  I decided to join beachbody as I was already implementing some of there programs with my clients and this way they got a better discount.  Beachbody Coaching as a career can go both ways like any business it takes time and a lot of effort.  Mlm businesses all require the same thing but it doesn't hurt to try esp if it let's you stay home with your babies.
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Again, this was a real pocket drainer for me. I'd get home after a 10 hour work/commute day, with two over stimulated children, a messy house, and an irritated husband (he worked 60-70 hours a week, salary). I simply did not have the energy to cook every night. A conservative cost for weekly take out at this time in my life would have been $50 a week, or $200 a month. I realize that is high for many families, but that is how it was in our family, after I chose to examine our spending.
But the truth is that we are also different, and we like to keep it that way. It’s not just that we drink Tim Horton’s rather than Starbucks (although we do), or that curling is our favorite Olympic sport. It goes deeper than that. Life for mothers and families really is easier in Canada in a number of ways. As a Canadian mother of three young children, I’d like to share my top nine:

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This is much easier than you may think. I follow Bum Genius recommendations (see numbers 9-16) http://www.bumgenius.com/help.php (Stripping is outlined below) since most of my diaper stash is made up of these. Check with your diaper brand though for their recommendation. Also, lots of moms have suggestions about this process. It is sometimes a controversial process over what to use and what not to use! Some moms will say not to use Dawn since it can void your washer warranty, so please be aware of this!
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If you’d like invest in a new machine with sanitize program, Also good to search for your electric providers rebate program. In Massachusetts, if you have a top load with agitator in working condition and replace it with the new energy efficient machines, the electric companies reimburse $350 or $400 depending on your income level. We just bought a washing machine, didn’t qualify since our electric company is town operated and not one of those National ones but worth to check. When it comes to cloth diapers, unfortunately I cannot. I work full time and don’t have the energy. Also, my cousin’s son always had diaper rash, not sure if it was from the cloth diapers or not but my daughter didn’t have any rash with pampers.
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This is a great and comprehensive article, but the website/search engine evaluating jobs and the transcriber jobs I checked out that I think I’d be a good fit for require 3-5 years of experience each, and as a college student, I don’t have that. Are there any decent paying (50-200 dollars a month) jobs that don’t require experience in the job field yet?
For this article, I interviewed eight work-at-home moms who have worked full-time at home with kids ranging from newborn age to six. One mom has kids ranging from one to fourteen, but we focused on handling the younger years. In addition to working at home full-time, these ladies were also the primary caregivers to their kids. Some used part-time daycare or a babysitter a few hours a week to stay sane, but the majority of the time they are juggling their children and their jobs simultaneously. Hats off to them!
Corporations have been really slow on the uptake with flex schedules and remote work. Not to mention the U.S.’s abysmal maternity leave and nursing accommodation rules! It’s unfortunate that more offices aren’t taking advantage of the technology available to them, but for those who can work from home, it is one step closer to taking full control of your own priorities!
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Hybrid Diapers. Designed to combine the benefits of cloth with the ease of disposables, hybrids consist of a waterproof outer cover and two inner absorbent-layer options: a cloth insert or a disposable insert. Cloth inserts are basically rectangular runners, made in a variety of fabrics including cotton, microfiber, hemp, and (sometimes) ultra-absorbent microfiber. Disposable inserts are single-use; you can buy rolls of 100 inserts for roughly $5. The idea is that, like disposables, they're convenient when you're on the go, but they generate less waste than their full-size cousins. They're usually low on chemicals, and some are even biodegradable. 
Hmmmm I’m a work from home mom right now but there are a couple of these I’m going to try out! Why not make a few bucks while shopping and have the gas paid for? Or help someone out if I’m running around anyway? Plus we are a pet free home so the kids would love pet sitting once in a while. LOVE this list thanks mama!! =) hope some of these links work in Canada!!
I was feeling discouraged, as I would soon join the ranks of the working mother after my precious maternity leave would expire, and although the idea of staying at home with my child was enticing, it was simply not an option.  I was the one with the steady job and even more importantly, the one who carried health insurance, flexible spending accounts, and other much needed resources.  I have so much respect for these overworked, undervalued mothers and working from home one day a week has taught me to empathize with how much effort being a full-time mom while trying to accomplish other tasks truly is.  That being said, there had to be answer to this cloth diapering and working conundrum.
Unfortunately, since most of were taught that "more money and more things" leads to "more happiness," and since we've all been given easy access to credit (allowing us have more things with less upfront money), the financial aspects of quitting work to stay at home must now be considered. Because regardless of how much happier you and the children might be if you could quit work to be a stay at home parent, that happiness can be easily offset by an onslaught of creditors pounding on your door -- all looking for repayment for all the happiness they fronted you in the past.
This is a great list. I’m thinking about leaving a corporate job to stay at home with my 2 year old until he goes to school. My husband travels extensively and I feel like my son doesn’t have either of his parents right now with the hours I work and stress I’m under. I’m very hesitant however, because I’d be leaving a good salary and I never, ever thought being a stay at home mom would be for me. I have a long background in marketing, advertising, business development and training. Would appreciate any suggestions or words of wisdom to help me make this decision.
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Then I got laid off and suddenly I couldn't find another job and I knew that I had to make rent and get food, but I was no longer eligible for social assistance (long story- involves student loans). I had NO safety net if I wasn't able to find work. My back was against the wall and after much praying, my sister showed me how to sell things on Ebay. I was skeptical, but my mother's stuff she left behind was a bit of a gold mine.

Just wanted to make a little correction here for anyone reading…Earths Best do have gel. They are free of other perfumes, dyes, and chlorine and are a great diaper – but they do have the absorbent gel crystals just like any other disposable. The only disposables without gel are the Tushies brand which are really hard to come by, very expensive, and not very absorbent for obvious reasons.
Not to say that everyone should have a stay at home parent but I think there was a study of people who go bankrupt and that the largest percentage were two income families. The explanation they gave was if the wage earner loses their job in the one income family you have two people who can go out and do a job search in a pinch. In the two income family if one loses their job they only have one person available to find a job to get the income back up to where it was.
What is the effective value of work benefits Mrs. Hwang is giving up, apart from her income? In current 2012 dollars, it easily exceeds $700,000 over her lifetime. It’s possible the value Mrs. Hwang and her family assign to staying home with her children is “priceless,” but it’s also possible the Hwangs aren’t aware of the long-term cost of her decision to leave work. Either
I guess it depends on the daycare or nanny. I have mostly AIO's and a few pockets, I think they are so easy for anyone to use. They put on like a disposable, just instead of putting in the trash, put in a pail/wet bag which you would provide. I did disposables in the beginning with the constant newborn poops.. Mostly because my hubby is a negative Nancy, and I didn't want to buy a bunch of newborn size diapers that wouldn't last long. But now at almost 5 months we are mostly cloth. Although when my hubby ever changes her he always puts on disposables... It depends on the people around you and if they are willing to do try it. I work full time but lucky to bring my baby to work with me. I just use a wet bag and throw in the laundry. Being a working mom I don't think really matters, how hard is it to run a load of laundry? Just do an extra rinse cycle. Although, I'll tell you - it took me like a month to finally get the washing routine down! Lots of leaky diapers in the process. THAT almost made me give up. Good to go now! :) if you are anything like me, I was pretty determined to make this happen, so it was definitely going to happen!!
We make 50k a year between myself and my husband. He is self employeed so we have health bennifits and life insurance that we pay for. ( Which is very important- you NEED to have these things if you are a working mom or not. ) You should always figure out in yor stay at home budget these costs if you would lose them from leaving your job) In my case I never had any of that from my job anyways. We own our own home ( small 3 bed 1 bath), and a camp. We live modestly, drive older vehicles, but still eat out once a week. We have cable, internet, a snowmobile, and an off road truck. We budget budget budget. Cut back where we can, and splurge where we feel we need to the most. Our home is paid off in full as of after Christmas because we have made many many extra payments. I am 26 years old and my husband is 32. We are building our dream home next year with the proceeds from selling this one ( my husband is a contractor- so our home has increased in value, and he will be building our new home). We will have our new home paid off in 10 years. Plan Plan Plan.
What is the effective value of work benefits Mrs. Hwang is giving up, apart from her income? In current 2012 dollars, it easily exceeds $700,000 over her lifetime. It’s possible the value Mrs. Hwang and her family assign to staying home with her children is “priceless,” but it’s also possible the Hwangs aren’t aware of the long-term cost of her decision to leave work. Either

“I wash twice a week but always stuff on Sunday. I have built a large enough stash that I wash them so they don’t sit too long, but they sit clean in a basket until Sunday. It is just part of what I do Sunday evening to prepare for the week ahead! When I feel stressed about it I remind myself why I made the choice, and since I am passionate about cloth diapering, it makes it easier to push myself to do it!” – Becca H
So, this was the question I just had to ask. Every time I try to work on Mama Fish Saves while my son is awake it ends in a fiery disaster. He’s pounding the keys on my laptop, bringing me books and trying to climb into my lap, or just standing cutely and saying “hi” until I pay attention to him. Maybe this is because I work out of the house 50+ hours a week, but regardless, I was so curious how these moms were keeping their kids occupied so they could get their work done!
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My mind remains a blank slate. I’m not a salesperson, a lyrical genius, or crafty. After working as a RN for many years and struggling with my own health issues, I was forced to leave the only career I found true passion in. Two years ago, I rediscovered that passion for learning and became interested in. Sex Ed. Not the Birds and the Bees from middle school, but the deeper, more intimate details. After years of absorbing information, I found giving advice and sharing knowledge to other woman was as rewarding, if not more, than nursing. I’ve even worked with some men and a few couples who now report an active and fulfilling sex life. Finally, I feel I have regained my self worth and again feel the satisfaction of helping others.
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