Elizabeth - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )
About 2 months ago, my husband was laid off. Wed decided that it was much more cost effective as well as better for our son if he stayed at home instead of returning to work. I have a decent job and can easily support our family on my income. I have to admit, it makes me a little sad. He is doing my dream job. I've wanted to be a stay at home mom all my life, but it just isn't right for us now.
My problem is that there are many members of both of our families that are angry about it. My family thinks that we made this decision because "he is a bum and doesn't want to work". His family says that "I am only doing this to maintain control of him and make him need me". All jealousy aside :) I am very happy he is home. It's a lot better than a stranger raising our son. It doesn't put a financial strain on us and I think we are very lucky that this is an option.
I don't really know how to make our families understand this. They are very old fashioned. The man makes the money, the woman takes care of the house. How can I welcome them into the 21st Century???