Next, think about the long-term costs associated with leaving the workforce. Taking a few years off work means you will take a hit on your salary when you reenter the workplace. You will also lose accrued social security benefits, and matching 401k contributions or a pension, if your company offers them. Keep in mind that the longer you stay out of work, the lower your future income will be. It also may be harder for you to find employment if your job skills get rusty or you fall behind on technology.


On the great debate on whether it is best to stay home with your children or to work for a living, I do not think there is a right and wrong answer. This is a decision that each family needs to make for itself. Our family feels that it is best for me to stay home with our children, partly because of the cost of working, but mostly for other reasons. That may not be the same for your family, and that's fine! There is nothing wrong with families who for one reason or another have two working parents, or a single parent who needs to work.

I’m a mom to two little boys (1 and 3) and just found out baby #3 is on the way. I want to work from home, and have started selling Jamberry and Thirty One from home, but with my 30 hour/week job, it’s been hard to get a really great start (I have wonderful support, just having a hard time finding the time while balancing time with my boys). My current ‘real’ job involves social media posting, newsletter and flyer creation, emailing distribution lists, text updates, some event planning, etc. I LOVE my job, but don’t get along well with my boss, so I’m trying to find ways to recreate my $1200/mo contribution to our finances. Any suggestions?
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I brang my business home. I am a licensed cosmotologist and have been doing hair for several years, well I decided to lose the over head and be closer to my kids win win of course but bringing your cliets home has its challenges none the less I remodeled my garage into a stylish salon and new and old clients alike are loving it. I specialize in Organic Hair Color and makeup artist I love what I do with a passion. I also rep for Arbonne International, Im a big fan of there Vegan products and decided to start selling them as I use other vegan products in my home and salon as well. Anyone looking for a health and wellness hair stylist in Sacramento California check me out on Instagram @glambeehairgarage or email [email protected], Blanca :)

Money. Your family's financial picture is obviously important as basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and health care costs need to be covered. Beyond the essentials, household needs vary, and it is up to you and your family to decide whether staying at home, working part time, or working full time will work best. If you decide to stay home, consider what the loss of income will mean for the family and for your own spending. Make sure to discuss this with your significant other, and if you both need help, consult with a financial planner, advises Karen S. Yasgoor, PhD, an organizational psychologist in private practice in La Jolla, Calif., and owner of the Center for Work Life Assessment.
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The diapers come with inserts, though you can totally get sucked into a shopping wormhole by all the other, additional inserts and doublers and stuffing-type things that are out there. (Microfiber! Hemp! Unbleached cotton! Flushable! Oh my!) Fuzzi Bunz come with one microfiber insert, but I found that I need TWO inserts (or one insert and one cheap pre-fold) at night, or even just during naps for Noah. bumGenius diapers come with an insert AND a doubler (a smaller, thinner version of the insert), which worked great last night for both boys without making the diapers so big and bulky that I can’t get pajamas on over them.

This is great, thank you! We are having our first little one in May and I’ll be staying home with the baby after that because it’s really important to both of us, and I’ve been looking for some legit opportunities to still be able to contribute to our income. This list is really helpful and definitely gives me hope that I can find something in a few months when we have a schedule again!


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When Deeanne Akerson launched Kindred Bravely, the maternity and breastfeeding apparel line, she was a stay-at-home mother of two small children working out of her guest bedroom and running a business on her own. A year into running the start-up she needed to hire her first employee, a part-time customer service representative. Her hire was a mother of three who wanted to work flexible hours to take care of her family.
All-in-Ones (AIOs). No stuffing inserts here: AIOs provide both an absorbent layer and a waterproof outer shell all in one piece, so you can diaper your baby as normal then toss the whole thing in the laundry when it gets soiled. As a result, AIOs are exceptionally daddy/daycare/babysitter/grandparent-friendly, Odom says. (She likes the GroVia One-Size All in One.) They fasten at the hips with either Velcro or a series of snaps, like prefold covers. 
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I don’t have a horse in this race — I’m a parent and I work from home, as it happens — but every calculator I’ve seen of this sort seems like its real purpose is to make people who are determined to stay at home feel financially justified in doing so. It’s a choice that’s eminently possible (and rewarding) for plenty of people, but I find this tool a bit dishonest in helping families figure out whether it’s feasible.

I planned my Stay-at-Home while I was working my 40hr+/wk Sales Job over 8 yrs ago. I found something dear to my heart, HERBS, and made a business out of it! I now help heal children’s eczema, and provide Organic, healthy alternatives to the mainstream bath & beauty products for the whole family!! Lots of hard work, networking, and persistence has built my business to what it is today! – Melissa Carr at Honeybee Holistics
Take, for example, a 28-year-old, college educated woman who makes $48,500—the median annual salary for college-educated Americans between the ages of 25 and 34—who plans to leave the traditional workforce for five years. If you do the quick math, her decision to become a full-time unpaid care giver might appear to make sense: She’ll leave roughly $240,000 on the table in the form of her lost wages over five years, but she won’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars a year on child care.
Then, and this was really key to keeping it simple, I just threw the diapers in with the rest of our household laundry. We wash everything on cold or, occasionally, warm, in a top loader with cheap detergent (XTra, if you’re wondering). And line dry. This worked fine for us. Obviously if diapers were poopy we rinsed them first but otherwise they just all went in together. I found a regular cycle, no pre-rinse, no nothing, got the pee out just fine. Our household of 2 adults and one kid involved two or three laundry cycles per week.

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A lot of jobs are not advertised and as the saying goes, sometimes its who you know. I know you are doing everything you can, and with regard to having a little one and finding a job that not only pays the bills but fits in the school time table 9-4 can be extremely difficult, especially because like you said, a Bachelors Degree is the new High School Diploma.
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So true! I use disposables at night too and on vacation. We also leave the diaper pail open and it makes a huge difference in smell! I got some disposable liners but never used them, I am on my second baby and still haven’t used it lol! My kids never pooped on a schedule so I just didn’t find them practical. I should start though. What are your fav brands?
It's one chunk of the day when you can generally expect to be able to plug away without interruption (at least not from your child). Whether your kid sleeps for one hour or three, use this time to finish assignments that require your complete focus and concentration, says Erin O'Donnell, a mom of two and freelance writer and editor in Milwaukee, who often schedules work-related phone calls during her 20-month-old Jonas's naps. If for some reason he isn't tired, they have quiet time instead: O'Donnell puts him in his crib with books and closes the door. "I can usually get in 20 minutes of work before he grows restless," she says. If Jonas wakes up while she's on a work call and begins crying, O'Donnell has trained herself to resist hanging up and rushing right in to check on him. "It hurts a little bit to listen to him," she says. "But it won't kill me -- or him." Plus, she believes it's important for him to learn how to soothe himself.
Your significant other. Your partner's support of your decision is critical; otherwise there could be many difficulties. If the person that you're living with is unsupportive, he or she may not help you with finances, child rearing, or household chores. Resentments could build up on both sides. If you and your significant other disagree over whether you should stay home or work, Yasgoor recommends a six-month trial period followed by an evaluation to see how one option works for the family. Also, whatever course of action you take, make sure to run by potential issues with your partner. If you decide to work, for example, it's important to figure out details such as how long maternity and paternity leave will be, who will pick up kids from day care or school, or who will care for them when they're sick, says Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of Mommy Wars.

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And yet, in Edmonton where I grew up, private schools are almost nonexistent and a huge majority of children go through a high quality public or public Catholic system. Which leads me to believe that Ottawa may be a rather extreme outlier as far as the rest of Canada is concerned, perhaps due to all those diplomats and public servants in Canada’s capital. Parents in much of the rest of Canada (naturally excepting Vancouver and Toronto) can probably rest easy and keep their retirement savings, knowing that their children are not missing out by going to public school because after all, there are hardly any private schools to send them to.

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I started our Etsy shop when our daughter was 6 months old and I stopped working full time away from home. It initially started out as a way to earn a little extra money but we’ve put a lot of energy into it the last two years and have grown our Etsy shop to be one of our family’s primary sources of income. Our Etsy shop is MontanaSolarCreations. I also write a blog, Montana Homesteader, about our adventures in modern day homesteading. I monetized the blog and started making money with it the first month we started it. It is now about 8 months old and it has been making enough money each month to pay some of our monthly household bills – Annie Bernauer at Montana Solar Creations.
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Amy – thank you for your post. I couldn’t sleep last night because I was thinking about how tired I am of literally throwing our money away with disposables. But I always told myself that cloth diapers wouldn’t work out for us since I work full time and baby goes to daycare. Last night I did a google search for “working moms cloth diaper” and your blog came up. I really appreciate you sharing your routines and giving your advice, it has helped me realize that this is something we can do, even though we’re both busy parents who work full-time. I’m going to talk to my daughter’s (she’s now 12 mos) daycare tomorrow to see if they will work with me on this and we will at least give it a try. Many thanks to you!

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I can hardly believe in big amounts earned in the net. There are people of course, who make millions, but they are as frequent as those in a real life. That means, that anyone can make it, but not everyone is able to. Alas, I do not have a brain able to squeese money out of the net, while my son made his 10000 usd in the net at the age of 18. So it is all so much individual! Just do not give up and always try new ways to apply your talants.
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But handouts often come with a catch, right? So if your employer is offering top-ups, make sure to double-check their good intentions. Some employers offer top-ups with the condition that you must return to work after your maternity leave, or else be required to pay back the supplement. As a mom who chose to stay home after maternity leave, that condition could have placed me in a real bind — thankfully my employer had no such requirement.
Some parents get the 55% figure “topped up” by employers who contribute their own funds, so that parents receive a higher percentage of their regular income. At my last nonprofit, my employer topped up my mat leave compensation to 83% of my regular wage for the first six months (the next six months was back to 55%). According to Canadian Business magazine, top-ups are currently available to about one in five parents who work in the private sector (usually for big firms), and about one in two public sector employees (probably permanent versus term employees).
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