· Rising costs for childcare has lent itself to rising levels in SAHM
· According to the Pew Research Center the number of SAHM has risen about 6% in the last decade
· The level of educated women is higher now than in the 70’s. Now 25% have a college degree
· Per the Pew Research Center March 2013 current population analysis show that 12% of working mothers live in poverty vs 34% of SAHM
· Per the Pew Research Center WAHM’s get 5 hours of sleep more per week than working mothers (not sure if I believe that)
It is a great choice in the sense that I will be there to see a lot more milestones than I was missing out while stuck in traffic. I had a commute of roughly 3 hours roundtrip on a good day maybe 4 hours was the norm. With my first son I suffered a lot of guilt when my mom, who I am grateful for watching over my kids when I needed it, was the one enjoying the milestones first. It sucked to hear her tell me what my son’s first word was and not having been there to hear it myself. With my 2nd child I was in a position and at a company where I was able to negotiate me working from home. I was able to see my daughter take her first steps, I get to take my son to his tiny tots program but it is not easy. I have since quit going to the gym because it is either a drive to get there and an hour work out or staying with the kids and playing with them, eating with them or some other event. I get to keep my income, not many people can stay home and have that in their pocket. I get to choose my own work schedule too, also a plus.
But to all great things there is grey side. My career is in essence on hold. I feel a push to grow but I will lose out on this great opportunity if I change companies now. I know a stay at home dad who put his education and career on hold due to the cost and other issues that arose from putting their first child in day care. No one can take care of your child the way you can. Staying at home is underestimate. The other person doesn't see you having a "real" job. Depending on your situation you may lose income.
I have the opportunity to still work at home not just stay at home and avoid seeing a drop in income. At the end of the day my career can wait but my children and this golden opportunity cannot.