Heather - posted on 03/20/2011 ( 30 moms have responded )
Hi there. I am new to this group and I wanted to ask a question of you guys on here. I am currently in a Family Leadership Training course and I am working on my Community Project. This is a project that is meant to help the families and members of my community. And the topic that I chose is one that is very near to me.
I have been a stay at home mom for over 3 years now (a single mom on top of that) and I pretty much had to become a stay at home mom for one simple reason. I could not afford child care.
As a part of my project, which centers around parents (not just moms) having to become stay at home parents and those who feel that they have become "stuck" in the system of state funded assistance simply because they can not afford child care, I am looking to find out how many of us are out there.
How many of you had to stay at home because of this? I know that there are many of you out there who have chosen to do so but there are many who had no choice.
Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE being a stay at home mom. I am able to get in time with my children that I never would have been able to before, BUT I would have much rather preferred to have made the choice as opposed to being "forced" into it.
Any stories, information or comments you may have would be appreciated.
(No personal information is going to be used, I am just looking for examples/common stories to show that this is a very common occurrence)