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Old 02-09-2013, 08:43 PM
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Default How did you get to stay home with your kids?

This type of thread has probably been run a few times already, but I'll ask anyway.

So... How did you get here (at home, raising the giggle machines)?


For me, staying at home was more of a best solution to two problems--the cost of childcare for twins and I despised my job with a passion for the past five or so years. I sometimes wish that this would have been more of a she-made-more-money-than-me solution, rather than hating my job. However, my wife really liked her job, and they moved heaven and earth to spike her salary to be closer to mine to keep her.

Anyway, I'm a little over three months in and aside from feeling neglectful to her family and everyone else that we need to send thank-notes to, it's been a lot less stressful than my previous job. I laugh a lot more and seem to deal with a lot less crap.

So, how did it happen for you guys?

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Old 02-09-2013, 11:00 PM
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Pretty much the cost of child care for us too. My wife made 3x what I did and all my salary would have gone into child care.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:05 PM
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Pretty much the cost of child care for us too. My wife made 3x what I did and all my salary would have gone into child care.
This, plus my office is 42 miles away. I still work from home on the weekends, but that is winding down this year.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:12 AM
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I was laid off a month before our oldest was born. Jobs I applied for and interviewed didn't make it worth putting her in daycare.
It's been ten years...
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:35 AM
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because she said this one was my problem! IE... because she said so!
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:23 PM
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We decided that our daughter was more important than money.

Of course, now I'm working from home since the wife got fired.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:28 PM
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So... How did you get here (at home, raising the giggle machines)?

I knocked the wife up, 3 times
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I knocked the wife up, 3 times
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My wife made more than me and we didn't want strangers raising our kids.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:43 PM
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My wife made more than me and we didn't want strangers raising our kids.
This. Simple. We could do it so why not.
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Old 02-11-2013, 12:31 AM
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My wife works during the day, and I work at home. I was able to arrange it that my work began when my wife got home from work. I didn't want someone else raising our son (although I don't think it really mattered with my wife if we put our son in day care). If/when I do work while the wife is working, I get a babysitter in. Since I work from home I'm close by and know what is going on. Now with my son in Kindergarten I work in the mornings while he's in school and after my wife get homes from teaching. I'm only working about 12 hours a week but it's enough to give me a bit of spending money and to cover my bills - my wife doesn't share her money with me, although she covers the mortgage, utilities, food, etc.
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