No, I chose to stay at home and I'm glad I did. I only have one child, and staying at home allowed me to share a lot of her milestones and other happy memories. I can understand it's not for everyone, though, and that sometimes mums and dads have to get back into the workforce to get the bills paid. Ultimately, I think the quality of time with kids is the most important thing rather than the quantity.
I worked at home for years, and when I had to do any work on-site,I would take my son with me,as it was my own sign writing business and I could basically pick and choose the jobs which suited my motherhood status!! I started to work for another signwriter when he was 9 or 10,but I was always home when he was not at school! I had definitely thought about what this career could do for me before I took it on,and it worked out to be exactly as I had envisaged! I have been very fortunate.,or was I just 'forward-thinking'?!
Not until the kids were starting high school, then I went back to work part time. Eventually that increased to full time, for about 5 years. Then it was back to part time and now I'm working from home, fitting in with other commitments.
Well I am in my 60's and was a sole parent most of my life....apart from two fairly short lived marriages....unfortunate as after the experience with many challenges.....my opinion is that children do best if they have two 'happy' parents and Mum stays home in the first 5 years or so. I went out to work
First child SIX months'.
Second child THREE months'.
By that time, I had to go back to work due financial constraints.
Babies' had excellent FDM's & a very happy Mum, in ability to go back to work when I wanted to. There was no 'frustration' for me & I spent as much time with my children as financial pressures allowed.
I think you were very fortunate to stay home.It is such a joy to be able to get such a real sense of motherhood when our kids are still innocent and so much fun! My own career allowed so much of this for me that I enjoyed the early childhood years immensely! How fascinating for you to have had a signwriter for your dad!!! And then as he moved over to the world of an artist, you must have been in child's heaven!!! I would allow all of my son's little friends to paint and do whatever creative stuff they wanted to when they visited, while he found that making a fun mess just was not on the menu at ANY of hs friends' homes!!! I still enjoy doing calligraphy when my hands decide to work well enough!!! And another benefit was that my son had really gorgeous handwriting!!