for those Moms who have 3 or more kids, did you return to work after last baby?

Kelly - posted on 01/02/2012 ( 71 moms have responded )

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Any mom's who have had 3 or more kids at home and returned to work or those who didnt... how did you cope with income lost?

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Carla - posted on 01/10/2012

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My 3rd is 1mos old and I can't financially see staying home as an option for us. I'd like to stay home for 18mos or 2yrs this time but I doubt it will be possible. All those suggestions to cut costs are all things we already do, cloth diapers, no dinners out, no mov ies out, no things for ourselves, no fancy cell phones, we use coupons, i make food from scratch, bread etc. Although 1/2 or more of my wage goes to daycare, we need the other half to pay our bills. It's a combination of student debt, mortgage etc. and the fact that we don't really share money so hubby doesn' t pay my bills for me even when I'm not working. We don't take vacations or anything either. We had our kids fresh out of college, so that is why we are struggling now. I hope we will have more freedom in 5yrs to do fun stuff with the kids as they get bigger and that is what they will remember as adults :) But I am frustrated that I can' tchoose to stay home a bit longer this time. It's hard going back to work when you aren't sleeping and I work a lot of hours as does hubby, so it's stressful and we end up fighting a lot and I feel like I have no time with my family other than doing cleaning cooking and laundry--sigh.

Kylie - posted on 01/11/2012

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Hi Kelly, I have three kids 4, 2 and 6 months. I am stay at home mum. I stopped working when i was pregnant with my second. We make ends meet by watching the budget. I cook amost everything from scratch and buy lots of fresh fruit and veg. Kids love to cook with me too. Basically going back to basics but have fun. We have family move night - make lounge rooom comfortable with pillows, watch movie and eat popcorn. We play board games together the kids love it and you spends great family time. We go on walks in National Parks or go Strawberry picking - it doesn't cost much to go for a drive (taking a packed luch) to somewhere new and going for a walk around to learn new things. Museum are normally free and kids love looking at everything we could be there all day. it is not easy but can be fun if you think outside the square. Good luck

Anita - posted on 01/03/2012

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I have 4 kids (ages 1-7) I have been a SAHM since my first baby. We value Christian education, so pay tuition for our oldest who is in school. In a nutshell, it is tight to have so many kids on a single income. Like Mary, Ruthie, and Tracy, it is up to you, the parents, to decide what's important and make it work. As each child was born, we find ways to cut more and more and more until we think there's no way to cut any more. We feel like we're living almost as simply as we can.
-We shop sales, we eat what's healthy and cheap, we rarely eat out.
-We use Craigslist (I bought somebody's leftover Underjams for less than half of store price and a nearly-new REI snowsuit for my baby) and thrift/consignment stores and yard sales for clothes for the kids. I rarely buy anything in a store anymore--there are such good deals out there on like-new stuff!
-We used to buy memberships to both the aquarium and the zoo; then we let the kids choose which ONE they wanted.
-We have no cable, and minimum cell phone plans. (No smart phones, data pkgs, etc)
-I use cloth diapers at home, disposables when not.
-We bake our own bread, and cook from scratch. It's cheaper that way, and I enjoy it :)

I am currently doing training online to be a Medical Transcriptionist--I study (and will work) from 5-7am, then be with the kids all day and then work again from 8-10pm. I have 2 SAHM friends (one is a home-schooling mom) that do this and say doing MT is the perfect job for a mom. No transportation or wardrobe expenses, no daycare costs, flexible work hours, and good pay. If your personality and skills match what an MT or MTE (medical transcription editor) do, then check it out! I don't want to count my chickens before the eggs hatch, but I am really excited about this opportunity for me.

I hope I didn't write too much--I know I groan sometimes when I see long posts! I highly respect what Mary, Ruthie, and Tracy (three moms just above me) wrote. It is possible with creative thinking and a can-do attitude :)

Tracy - posted on 01/03/2012

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You have to figure out what works for you. Determine if your income is enough to cover the cost of daycare - I would figure it out on an hourly basis to see if it is worth it. For 3 kids for me it wasn't as I would have made less than minimum wage. If not going back to work then coupons and budgeting are important. Look at what you can do to cut expenses (is cable tv necessary? cell phone bills the lowest they can be? eating out too much? rent movies rather than go to a movie...)

Kim - posted on 01/02/2015

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Im a single mother of 6 in a very hard struggling with money been laid off n bills past due please help me.

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Erika - posted on 01/17/2012

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I was working as a Firefighter/Paramedic when put on strict bedrest with #2 and have tried to work outside of the house, without success. I went back to school to earn a degree in Massage Therapy, and tried working out of my house. Unfortunately with an agin father and an autistic child that didn't work too well. So now, I work with a 26 year old international wellness company.

I hope that you find something that you can do that you like, whether it's outside of the home or from home.

Rebecca - posted on 01/15/2012

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I just want to tell those of you that desire to be at home with your kids....pray about it and find a way if at all possible.



Right now, there is a little girl named Phoebe, that is just two and a half years old and fighting brain cancer. She only has a 50/50 chance of survival. Her mommy is soaking in every moment she can with her, and loving on her siblings extra, too.



I am so thankful for the time I have been able to spend with my children as they grew up, and regret taking my oldest to daycare for two years. It breaks my heart to think of missing out on that time with her, that I can never get back.



I know it's hard...really I do. We have struggled for most of our 19 years of marriage. But being with my children has been the absolute BEST investment ever.



(((HUGS))) to each of you that long to be home!

Kelly - posted on 01/12/2012

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I didnt work when i had my first son because i was only 15 when i had him, i have 3 boys now 17,14,7 and i work full time now have for last 16 years i enjoy my job

Kathryn - posted on 01/12/2012

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I have 3 children, 1 boy and 2 girls. The boy is 5 and my girls are 13 mos, and 29 mos. I have not been working for 3 yrs. My son was dx with EE, a rare disease of the esphogus and severe food allergies at 15 mos. The day he had to get the ng-tube, was the day I stopped working. I did try to go back to school and work, but when daycares refused to take him cause they said he was a liability, I decided to be a sahm. I love it. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I do photography on the side and hope to have my own business one day, but right now, I'm enjoying my children :D

Natalie - posted on 01/11/2012

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I have a 3 year old and a 21 month old and I'm a stay at home Mum, I help my husband with his business but don't contribute financially. We do get some support from the government dependent on what we earn... It is very important that you try your best to stay with your children at home, I know that there is an income loss but you need to figure out where you can cut costs and live to your means.

User - posted on 01/11/2012

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I did return to work after each child turned 1. My biggest thing is I had family to help otherwise I would not be able to work. Now I'm on my 4th and last child and I'm not sure what I'm going to do in 4 months.

Cindy - posted on 01/11/2012

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No, I did not go back to work. We learned to live without alot of things (the not so important things) and it worked out just fine. You would be surprised how much you can live without! :0

Terra - posted on 01/11/2012

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I have got 4 kids and with all of them I was put on bed rest with the last baby I was able to work up to 7 months but it was very hard without my income coming in to so after I had my son I had to go back to work when he was not even 3 weeks old. And that was the hardest thing I've had to do because my husband would call because my baby wouldn't stop crying and I couldn't just go home if I could of stayed home with all my kids I would of loved to but couldn't

CHITA - posted on 01/10/2012

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Well, yes I can understand the situation when the childcare is more than the paycheck would be. I know that if that was my situation, we would have made the same choice. I luckily work as a Director for a local company in a small community and my job is very flexible. I am salaried so I can go to school functions in the middle of the day, leave early for the day for kids' ball games or take the whole day if they have an out of town tournament or event. My husband and I are often one of the very few parents that attend (ed) events if they were during the week/work day. My kids are glad to have us around and I think it has carried over as they have grown. Our 16 year old spends more time with our family, big brother, sister and us than with kids his age (for which I am VERY grateful) He does things with his friends occasionally but, movie nite with us is still something he enjoys.

Jessica - posted on 01/10/2012

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I have 3 boys and I stopped working while I was pregnant with my last because of medical problems. My husband likes me staying home with the kids and I do to, I felt like I was missing so much when I was working. But at this point, child care for 3 kids plus gas, the commute and the stress of my job, working would be pointless. My pay wouldn't be worth the money I'd have to invest just to be working. I think once my youngest goes to school, I might get a job. Part time at least.

CHITA - posted on 01/10/2012

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My children are 23, 20 and 16. I went back to work 6 weeks after each birth. We needed both incomes and had to resort to childcare. My children went to a licensed home daycare managed by a family that we were very comfortable with even before they started attending. The expense was an issue but, we cut everywhere we could to keep them where we were comfortable. My children consider the day care providers part of our extended family and I never felt like I missed any of theire milestones. The key is we had a great relationship with the family and they kept us on top of everything so we knew every detail of our child's day when we picked them up. The center director had a son the same age as my 20 year old (one week apart) and they remain best friends even today. These two were in the only two in the day care center's "baby room" when they were 8 week and 7 weeks old. My husband is her son's Godfather and we baptized her youngest son. So I think we were really blessed to find such an arrangement with such a caring family that had the same morals and ideas that we had for our children.

Shannon - posted on 01/10/2012

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I have 5 kids and the only thing we could do we had to pull the kids out of sports n music lessons

Janine - posted on 01/10/2012

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i havent worked ( besides every day being a mom/wife) since my oldest was 2 months ols (she is 12 now) i just had my 5th baby almost a month ago. my hubby owns/operates his own company & makes good money. i do coupon clip, budget, menu plan, breastfeed, cloth diaper ... anything i can do to save $ that is my way of contributing finacially :)

Sherrine - posted on 01/10/2012

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I stopped working while I was pregnant with #2 and I don't plan on goin back anytime soon. I think daycare is way too expensive and I can't trust just anyone with my babies. I feel like me working, I would miss out on too much of their lives and I did with my first daughter because I had her young and was still in high school, I missed a lot of her milestones and I decided I nvr wanted to miss any of that again

Gen - posted on 01/10/2012

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I have 3 little girls. I went back to work when the baby was about 20 months old or so. My oldest just turned 6 and the middle one is 4. The baby is fixing to turn 2 yrs. I did stay home with the kids for about 2 and half 3 years.

Fatema - posted on 01/09/2012

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no, there is no time for other people :( I have 4 kids
and the money is the DaD issue .

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2012

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I've been a SAHM for the past 4 yrs and we have 3 boys, 4, 2 and 3 months. I can't imagine having to go to work, I love my job of mom. We find ways to cut spending each year...some months are more expensive then others and I'm the bookkeeper in our home so I make sure we stick to a strict budget. My husband is in school and so i have to factor in tuition. We coupon, i use cash for as much as possible (makes me more aware of where the money goes), pay bills online, cut cable, stick to grocery lists and try to include a cheap date night once every three months. It's tight but we live comfortably.

Anna - posted on 01/09/2012

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I have 5 children aged 18-5 and when my youngest was 2 I found out about working from home. All it took was a phone line and computer and I became a customer service agent for very well known companies. I am able to choose my hours, am just finishing now at 11.30 pm and it is enabling me to put my son through college pay without having to leave them with after school care or daycare. I started part time at 15 hours a week which worked well 3 years ago and now do between 40 and 50 hours, my choice. I am so lucky that I have been able to do this as it has meant that, despite being out of the workforce for 16 years I was still able to get a job. My husband is also active duty military and where he goes my job goes with me.

Ashley - posted on 01/09/2012

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After my third was born I didn't want to go back to work so I gave my notice and tried home daycare but that didn't work out so I had to go back to work....I hate it but something that just needed to be done for my family.

Toya - posted on 01/09/2012

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I was a single mom of with my first 2 boys before I got married this past August and had my 3rd boy. I have always worked so your question would be one for my husband. He went from a family of 2 (himself and his dog) to a family of 5 plus the dog. He has been supporting us all. Since I haven't worked I have taken advantage of resources available to us because of our family size and income, like WIC, otherwise we have been managing just fine. Since my baby is 4 months old, I am in the process of going back to work. My husband doesn't mind, but it would be nice to have extra money in the event we need t for repairs and such, plus I feel guilty not working. But 'm bored being at home and I am eager to get back to work!

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2012

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it was hard to loss my income but we still made ends meet i have eldest is 6 then 4 and a 2 year old i now work full time to cut the coast of day care i work night shift this year i will have to kids in school and one at home

Lori - posted on 01/09/2012

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I'm from Canada and I have 3 boys, with the youngest being 20 months. I had a year on mat leave and knew I wasn't going back to my full time job. Money was pretty good but I did shifts and it was very demanding. I would rarely see my kids or husband. So I researched all my options. I now work from home at nights. It is rather hard at times but it is so well worth it. I do order taking over the phone for a restaurant. If you are from the States you have a lot more opportunities than I do. There are many hotels, restaurant, etc. that hire people to work from home! Many companies want customer service, note taking, transcribing etc. all from the comfort of your home. Research them, and find the best one for you. I make less money, but not paying for day care, spending more time with my kids, and spending wisely for food and other life things, I don't really notice the difference. I wish you luck, and keep our eyes and options open!

ANNA - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yes, along with my baby for the first 2 years. He is 2.5 now and he is either home with a nanny or with his daddy. We have 4 children. Even with going back to work, income was lost since I am not as productive with a baby to care for. We did the 2 years with me having a baby along 2 times. We prayed, cooked most all meals at home, consolidated driving, heated with wood we bought early in the year unseasoned and seasoned it ourselves, we found child care who did not want to leave their kids and so would work for less if they could bring them along and eat at our house. We shop 2nd hand. We delayed paying for things that could wait, we did with out some things. We never said no to anyone who wanted to give us anything. ( used clothing and so on) and we went out of our way to do the same for others when ever we could. We are sure to eat left overs, we repair shoes instead of replace them, we look for clothing that can be washed instead of drycleaned. My husband looked for a higher paid job and found one, ( one that now has him gone over seas alot of the time) We are very honest about our finances with our kids so they don't ask for things when we should not be spending. I grocery shop as often as possible alone and with a list in hand with meals all planned out.

Sara - posted on 01/09/2012

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I have 4 children, ages 15, 12 ,9 and 1. I am a full time special education teacher so I have always gone back to work full-time after each child. I do, however, have summers off along with the holiday/spring breaks that coincide with my children's schools. If I did not have my teaching career, however, I probably would stay home rather than pay for daycare. Having 2 in daycare at once probably would cancel out any income I would bring in otherwise and then there is no point.

Sue - posted on 01/09/2012

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I have 3 daughters, all 7 years apart. I never was able to stay home for longer than the maternity leave, and returned to work full time. It was a big strain on the marriage, and kids with all the stresses of 2 parents working full time. I would never recommend it. Either way, half my pay went for daycare when I had 2 in care. Now as they are older, I look back and realise I should have worked part time, would have been easier...

Lisa - posted on 01/09/2012

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No simple or right answer on this. We needed my income when we had our twins. I went back to work and left the babies with my mother in law. Without my job, we had no health insurance. Eventually I found a job closer to home on a 3-11 shift and paid a babysitter to stay with the kids until hubby got home. When they were 2-1/2, hubby got good benefits and I stayed home full time. It was hard but we managed. When our youngest was 5, I did some part time work until I was asked to care for someone's newborn full time at home. The baby became part of our family, going everywhere I went with the kids. The money was a help and kept me here for my boys. I work part time now during the hours the kids are in school. We survived without steady income from me for several years but it was worth it. You have to find you need and do it

Zee - posted on 01/08/2012

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After each of my children, I went back to work part-time evenings so I still spent most of the day with my children and supplemented our income. It was tough with the income drop. We did manage to get into some debt over it while we adjusted to the different income levels but now I'm not earning anything and it's tough not having money for extras. While I love my son (the last of the 3), I can't wait for him to start school in September so we can start to get caught up with our bills and begin to save for fun things like vacations etc.

Donna - posted on 01/08/2012

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I had to return to work after the birth of all three of my children. I have been blessed with great child care programs. We could not make it with out my income.

Jennie - posted on 01/08/2012

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Unfortunately it's not always an option to stay at home. I have 3 children and have had to go back to work full time. My youngest is starting school this year so I guess that is OK but I was studying full time while he was at daycare. For us it's not about the money to have 'the nice house' or have 'nice clothes' - its about paying the mortgage, bills and other expenses that are just a part of life!! I have a severely physically disabled child and it we didn't work, I would not be able to pay for all the equipment, feeds and other things that he needs - so I guess I have no choice! I think that you should do what is right for you and your family. There are always the people that look down on mums that go back to work, or stay at home or work part time - everyone has different circumstances.

Catherine - posted on 01/08/2012

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I have 6, ages 10 and under, and no, have not and have no intentions of going back. I thought I would, but not a chance!!! They are my new priority

Betty - posted on 01/08/2012

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I went to work when my youngest was 4, a matter of having to have the income. My husband and I worked opposite shifts, so it did work out.

Michelle - posted on 01/08/2012

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I also think you have to do what works for you and your family. I have worked on and off since I had my 3, one has special needs so really day care was not an option. Also for us, we didn't want to do day care. You do sacrifice some stuff, and I know we would be a lot better off financially if I worked full or even consistently part time. I would have trouble finding care during school holidays and enjoy spending time with my children. You have to do what's best for you and your family.

Pamela - posted on 01/07/2012

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I have 3 children and I worked during pregnancies and returned to work after breastfeeding for a bit over a year after each one. You deal with loss of income the same way you deal with any period of loss of income, including unemployment. You reduce on luxuries and things are are simply not as important to have.

I was also a working single Mom. When you use the intelligence given to you by your Creator in collaboration with your heart, you can manage any change life may hand you.

Annette - posted on 01/06/2012

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I understand you may be able to get by with letting your husband worry about finances, but you are life partners and you should know what is going on with them. As well, my husband worried alot about our family and the stress was so overwhelming my hubby of 27 yrs had a heart attack and had to have open heart surger, was resuscitated a couple of times, now needs a pacemaker, and at 51 yrs old is no longer able to work. I know our children are very important but my adult kids were shattered when Dad had his heart attack and we almost lost him. Please be sure not to put all the stress on your husband, he is too special to lose at a young age, and stress really does kill.

Janessa - posted on 01/06/2012

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Just focused on my kids and let my husband worry about the providing, and believe me we have struggled but it has been worth it, and I know my kids needed me home. I am aware of our finances, but I don't worry about them. I let my husband do that.

Annette - posted on 01/05/2012

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I am glad for you Rebecca but for our family we could not put our needs in the hands of anyone but ourselves. My children always had a parent around, the house was always clean, and now all my children have great jobs and support themselves. We taught them if you want to eat you have to work to earn the money for food. I still had to use coupons and stretch our pennies, but parents have to decide if they can afford to stay home or HAVE to go back to work. I had no choice if I wanted to keep the roof over their heads or food in their bellies. There is no way God would be able to help me or would even want to. You can't help those who don't help themselves!!!

Tracy - posted on 01/05/2012

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My sister took in daycare while at home taking care of her own and used cloth diapers and breastfed to cut costs.

Rebecca - posted on 01/04/2012

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I did not go back to work after my last baby, which was my sixth. I have trusted in the Lord to provide for our needs, and asked Him to help me deal with the loss of a few wants! :)

Alexandra - posted on 01/04/2012

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we have 3 children and i did not go back to work. we figure we can save/earn more money with me at home since the children are 3, 2 and 7 months, than if i go back to work. when the kids are older we will see, but for now I jut take care of them full time.

Caran - posted on 01/04/2012

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I quit working after my 1st with 2nd husband was born (#3 for me). We had to make some sacrifices, but my parents taught me to be thrifty. We had 2 more and life got tight. But it would have cost more to pay for daycare than for us to just continue to budget well. I did finally get a job that allowed me to work from home and now that all the kids are in school I am back in the workforce. People ask how we do it, we just do.

Michelle - posted on 01/04/2012

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Hi Kelly,
I have to agree with most of the posts here...in that you have to do what fits your family best. My husband and I have 8 children ranging from 21 to 7. I would love to stay at home with the children but it is not feasible for us with our bills. For us the biggest saving grace is that my mother lives with us and can't work so she takes care of the children after school so no daycare bill. We are working to pay off all the bills (car, credit cards, furniture, etc) and then I hope to stay at home until our youngest at least gets into high school. I feel like I miss soooo much with them. However, I am currently working on my Masters in Criminology so that I can try to find a research job to do from home to supplement the entertainment funds when I quit working. I wish you the best of luck in whatever you decide to do. Pray, it will help!!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/04/2012

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hi i have 5 children from age 1- 10 . it was extreamly hard to put my career on hold. i went back 2 wrk after my 3rd child and felt the struggle 2 balance wrk and housewife . i made the choice 2 give full time house wife a go. i fell pregnant 2months later. i actually find money not much different . i have found rewards from being a fulltime mum but i miss wrk just for the break of being mum. i recently felt it time to go out 2 wrk again only 2 discover childcare cost would be triple what i earn. if you have family willing 2 help with taking care of them, go back part time but if you weigh up how much it costs to go back to wrk n it don't go in your favour , just enjoy the young yrs of their lives cuz they grow up so quick and u can't get those yrs back . money is worthless to a child. as long as u have your bills paid n foods on the table cloths on their backs and they know you love them with all your heart , thats worth more than anything xxx

Stephanie - posted on 01/04/2012

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I made do with what we had to make sure I was the one raising them. Use coupons for all shopping and if your kids are young, check goodwill for clothing. Ive done it for 15 years and am finally returning to work this week. It was all worth being home with them when they are young.

Marie - posted on 01/04/2012

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I can only tell you how my folks did it (oldest of 7). Mom was pregnant for the first 9 years of her marriage (which lasted until Dad died of cancer) so I learned to grow up with very frugal habits.

Each child helps with chores appropriate to their ages and abilities. Reinforce math skills by using grocery fliers for comparison shopping and coupon clipping. Shop in a car pool with other full-time parents, swapping child care for each other's lists. Plant a garden with both vegetables and edible flowers and herbs. Invest in a chest freezer and canning equipment to store your harvests. Teach yourself and your kids the needle crafts our grandmothers learned as children to make and repair your own clothing. Go vegetarian, or as meatless as possible. Buy in bulk and make your own sweets as seasonal treats (birthdays and holidays). Join a farmer's co-op, or contact the 4-H about sharing their harvest. Buy dry goods in bulk when the price is really low (My Dad loved to by toilet paper this way!). Minimize or eliminate the electronic 'toys'. Cancel the cable/satellite/internet connections and re-discover the local library, where you can borrow current releases much cheaper than any commercial movie rental place. If it's less than a mile, kids under 10 years should be able to walk it, if the area is safe, under most weather conditions. Good luck and have fun. I realize now that the life I lived as a child has given me skills as an adult my age peers don't have.

Miranda - posted on 01/04/2012

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I have three children and work as a contractor for the Department of Defense. I was the primary earner between me and my husband and we couldn't survive on his income alone. He was a stay at home dad for about 2 years, going to school at night while I was home with the kids. It worked out great for us. He now has a very good paying job thanks to his degree. Both of us work during the day, with my oldest two attending school and my youngest in daycare. We are all at home at night together and on the weekends, which is very nice.
It all depends on the situation that you are in and if you want to stay at home with the children. I love my kids very much but enjoy working as well.

Megan - posted on 01/04/2012

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I have 5 kids (4 boys, 10, 9, 7 & 6 and a girl, 3) and haven't worked since I was pregnant with the first one. Over time I've just made it work with the lost income. There are a ton of ways to be frugal, you just have to work at it. I consider that my job now, lol, but I've had a good 10 years practice at it now. Staying home with my kids is far more important to me than any lost income but I know others feel differently and other times it's just not possible. Everyone has to find what works for them and their situation. I homeschool my kids and plan on staying at home with them until my youngest is done with school, so that's another 15 years at home for me. After that? Who knows! Good luck with whatever you choose!

Arianna - posted on 01/04/2012

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I have 4 kids, ages 11, 9, 2 and 1........I worked when my older 2 were younger........but daycare would eat up most, if not all, of my pay check now.......my husband is Military, so we never know when we are going to be packing up and moving again.......I have recently started selling Pampered Chef, which, when I get good shows is decent money, BUT I have noticed that there are times that people just don't want/need anything new for the kitchen

Elizabeth - posted on 01/04/2012

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I didn't have that option. But if I had I would have took it. I think it is better, it you can afford it, to have one parent at home with the children. One it is a full time to properly take care of a home. Admit it, I know I had to, if both parents are out of the house then less gets done that needs to be done. Another is you know exactly the values and morals you children are being taught because it is you teaching them.

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My 3rd is 6 Mon old. And I'm not going back to work. My husband works at a gold mine so money isn't a issue. O stay home because of my husbands shift work our kids would suffer if we both worked. I also like being there for my kids and hubby

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