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&NannetteRichford How true! However, the choice is an individual one and what others think should be of no concern. We make our own beds and no one else lies in them but us.

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Women still face difficult choices. If a woman stays home to raise her kids many call her a lazy good-for-nothing that won't get off her butt and work, yet if she goes to work and leaves her kids she is criticized because she's letting someone else raise her kids. You can't have it both ways.

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&Jansweeps That can be a problem. I had a hard time at first, but did fine after deciding to go with something I had always wanted to do instead of "finding a job." If you raised a family, you have a ton of experience under your belt.
&koopharper You know what I mean, then. Sometimes, and more times than most realize, it literally does not pay. As &fullofshoes said, it's really nobody's business but yours whether she works or not and if she can't physically stand up to it, who are they to judge?
&fullofshoes Thanks for your comments! It does cost a lot to go out to work. I can live on much less when I don't have to pay for all the things that working outside the home requires.

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Something to think about! (That statement won't get me into much trouble)

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&PatV you said it! All the same reasons why I now work from home. It costs too much to go outside to work.
&koopharper Raked over the coals for a personal choice? It's nobody's business what you. Your choice :)
&Jansweeps Your experience raising a family is worth far more than you think.

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My wife stays at home and we've been raked over the coals for it by many. She is limited physically which most of those naysayers just don't seem to get. We've done the math. I doubt we'd break even if she tried to work outside of the home.

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Those numbers are why I chose to be a stay at home mom for a number of years. Looking back at my choice in the 80's I regret it. I wish I had broke even by going back to work because I now have no experience to show for my time at home when I tried to return to work a few years ago.

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&STOUTjodee Not everyone can stay at home, I know. I was a single mom and I'm glad that I was able to work from home. That really helped, but it doesn't work for evryone, I know.

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Being a single parent, now looking back I wish I could have stayed at home, but I had to pay for a roof over our head, food on the table and clothes on our backs.

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&leepay That's true. Some women have to work. I tried to point that out.

&pneill Being at home makes all the difference in your entire family. Thanks for the comments!

&Carmelanirel It's easier for some people to see what they're doing than for others!

&rcj6 It's true that everyone's situation is unique.

&drann I think that being a mother is a high calling and being a father is a high calling, but they are different, just like a man and a woman are different.

&PrincessJasmine &Akaimiko &fivesenses &Ladywiz
Thanks for the comments! I haven't had enough time on Bubblews today so I'm 'way behind, but I appreciate your responses.

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this is good.. the more convenient life is the pricey it gets and it requires us to work for more hours just to get through all the expenses. i also think it applies to men too..

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Perhaps the real trap is motherhood. If fathers were to share half of the responsibilities of child rearing and homemaking then in a fair workplace the two working together could prosper and bring forth happier and healthier children.

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&PatV I meant that we lived in a small community, not small home. Maybe it is time for me to toddle off to bed!

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&PatV I quit working outside the home when my children were born, and then returned to the workplace when they were in school, and able to be alone an hour or so until I got home. We lived in a small home where neighbors were nearby if they needed someone. I was fortunate to get into professional jobs that paid well so the income definitely helped out our family budget. Everyone's situation is unique so for some it is a help, for others not.

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&PatV I agree, unfortunately my husband likes the "good" things in life and that is one reason we are without internet because he had to have all three (tv, phone, internet) and it was too much. Yet he says he is "conservative"

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I dived out of the working world a few years ago. I've not stopped working, but now I work mostly from home, heading out occasionally to do some pick up jobs. This is an excellent post that shows how everyone in America was sold a bill of goods that were awfully shoddy. You might be poorer staying home, but your family life, your home would be richer just by you being there.

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Some women don't have a choice. Their are a lot of moms out there who is the only parent and she has to work. One of my friends said she felt as if she received the biggest raise of her life when her kids finally got old enough to NOT have to go to day care. It's hard for me to understand how a single Mom can even make ends meet considering the cost of daycare these days, but they always seem to manage. Woo Hoo for Moms who will step up and do the right thing and raise their kids regardless of the difficulty.

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&Ladywiz Oh Lord, is this true, true, true...it sometimes doesn't pay to go to work...tremendous share PatV

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