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I wanted to thank everyone for their responses! You’ve given me a lot to think about!
I guess I should expand on our situation. My mom was a Stay-At-Home Mom until she wasn’t financially able to do it anymore, and it was very difficult for my parents to keep full-time careers while raising 5 children, especially when we were too young to stay home by ourselves or when we were unable to go to school due to illness, and eventually, it was my dad who stayed at home with us, and it worked out fairly well. It wasn’t ideal financially, but my parents never had to worry about taking off from work when we were sick or putting us in after-school care during the week or camps during the summer. My husband’s mom wasn’t necessarily a Stay-At-Home Mom, but she and her husband own their own business, so she brought her kids to work every day until they were school-age and had the luxury of either staying at home with them when they were sick or bringing them to work with her.
Recently, my sister and her husband were stuggling to raise 4 children while both working full-time. They were both missing several days of work at a time, and their jobs were hanging by a thread, so they made the decision for my brother-in-law to be a Stay-At-Home Dad. It’s the best situation for them right now.
Most of the people I know had a Stay-At-Home-Parent, so I don’t have much knowledge of parents raising children while both working full-time unless there was a grandparent around to babysit while both parents were at work. Neither my mom nor either one of my husband’s parents plan to retire any time soon, so it’s not really an option for us. Although my dad has been retired since I was young, unfortunately, he’s no longer healthy enough to look after our kids.
I think it’s fantastic that some of you are able to raise children while you and your SO both work full-time!
My husband and I are definitely leaning more towards TTC after I have at least one year of nursing experience, but it’s so hard to ignore our baby fever! I know it’s what’s best of me in the long run, so it’s worth considering.
I definitely plan to do more research on working per diem or PRN. I definitely want to spend as much time as possible with my children before they’re school-age, but I’m hoping to earn a master’s or a doctorate some day, and that’s not possible without a significant amount of experience. I can understand how difficult it would be for me to return to the workforce without any recent experience, so having at least one year of experience before TTC and working per diem or PRN afterwards would be the best option if I’m planning to eventually return to the workforce full-time.
Please vote and/or leave comments! I’ll take as much advice as I can get!