Running a household frugally and efficiently on one income takes creativity and commitment, but the family benefits when a parent is dedicated to overseeing the emotional, educational, and physical needs of the children.
However, the parent who stays home may have some doubts about what being a stay-at-home parent will cost them personally.
It’s common for a mom to be the one who stays home or does the majority of the teaching. That’s been my situation for many years, so I’m going to address the issues I’ve dealt with because of that choice.
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”—William Shedd
Yesterday my youngest son turned 3.
Our Peter has lived these last three years the same way he came into the world—bold, loud, and larger than life. He’s the family clown willing to do anything for a laugh. He refuses to let his age or size leave him out of what the rest of us are doing. And at three, he already knows two-column addition…as long as the answer is always “69”.
Peter: Mommy, let’s do numbers.
Mommy: Okay, Peter, what is 5+64?
Mommy: Good! What is 33+36?
Mommy: What is 27+42?
I have to admit, it’s pretty rewarding for everyone involved.