By Amanda on Why We Money
If you had told me 20 years ago I would quit working to stay at home with my kids I would have laughed in your face. When Alan and I got married, I was career/money focused and didn’t even think about having kids.
Funny how fast things change. Within a year of getting out of grad school, I was happily pregnant with my first. I worked for a while and my mom provided child care.
My mom and dad had moved to be closer to us right before our son was born – and mom needed to get back to work. So, that was it – without a plan, financial or otherwise, I quit. Our oldest is now 18, and though I’ve had various side hustles over the years, I never returned to full-time work, at least not in the traditional sense.
Since we never planned for any of this, we had to adjust to the new arrangement of our family – and our finances – quickly. Without the extra paycheck, we were forced to drastically scale back on expenses. And we both had to deal with how we identified ourselves and our roles, both personally and professionally…Read On