(Closed) How many kids would it take for you to stop working?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How many kids before you stop working?
    1 child : (48 votes)
    34 %
    2 children : (19 votes)
    14 %
    3 children : (27 votes)
    19 %
    4 children : (16 votes)
    11 %
    I would still work even if I had a bazillion kids : (30 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m not a mom but I love my job and get a really big sense of accomplishment from it (plus by the end I’ll have a PhD, and I will want to use that!), so I could have a bazillion kids and still work 😉 Would probably hire a cleaning lady with my cold hard cash though haha

    Post # 4
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    146 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m voting from a stricly financial way of looking at this. 

    Where I live daycare costs between $800-1000/month.  At two children we would be spending about 80% of my cheque on daycare costs.  This would leave my FI’s cheque to manage mortgage, utilities, household costs and everything else.

    At two kids, I think it would make more sense to stay home and not have to balance a job and daycare costs.  Less juggling and more flexibility…although the same amount of money would be brought home.

    Post # 5
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    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Are you talking about permanently or just until they start school?

    Permanently, probably never for me. I love my job too much.

    Until they start school probably 3 kids if they were all under school age? Since that would tip us into the day care being more than I’m making point.

    Post # 6
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    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Hmm I can’t really answer this poll because I would never have so many kids that I could no longer work.  If I knew that having another child would make it difficult or impossible for me to keep my career I just wouldn’t have that child.

    Post # 7
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    5572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I will be staying home after 1 child and for all subsequent children but that’s only because it’s been what my husband and I have always wanted and agreed upon. From a financial standpoint it makes sense because of daycare costs versus my paycheck.

    ETA: I will probably work part-time after our kids are all in school but we’ll see when the time comes.

    Post # 8
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    2702 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    1. no doubt. I don’t make any money and I’m not passionate with my career. The daycare costs equal my paychecks!

    Post # 9
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    799 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Whether it’s 2 or 3 children that need paid daycare because I am at work, then work will go. I don’t know if it’ll be two, but definitely three! Until they are older I will happily leave my career, I think it comes down to seeing how things pan out, the costs and how Darling Husband and I are doing financially!

    Post # 10
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    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2008

    @eeniebeans:  could you hire a nanny if you have 3 kids? I bet that would equal the cost of 2 kids in day care….

    Post # 11
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    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    Two kids would take all but $5k of my current post-deductions salary. For me though, I’d love to stay home full time, but not sure Darling Husband would be completely on board. So I would look into working from home a couple days a week/dropping from 40 hours to 32 or some combo therein.

    Post # 12
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    7587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    We will have our 2nd in June. When we started TTC I changed my career and started my own business. This allows for me to still make money and have my own identity, but allows for me to have full control of when and how much I work. This will allow us not to have to put children in daycare either as I can schedule my work around my husbands schedule.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    No matter how many children we have, we plan on me staying home until the youngest is old enough for preschool.  I highly doubt we will have more than 2, and we want to have them close together, so I don’t think I will be home for very long anyway.  Maybe max 6 years, and during that time I have other options with my career and possibly work from home.

    Post # 14
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    2562 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I am a nurse, so I could work casual and pick and choose my shifts if I wanted, so I don’t think any number of kids we would have would cause me to quit working completely. I love my job as an NICU nurse so much, and not being able to do that job would be extremely sad for me. If we had enough kids that it wasn’t financially wise for me to work my regular position (which would probably be like 5 or more) I would probably go casual and just work weekends when my Darling Husband is not travelling to keep myself working.

    Post # 15
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    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @eeniebeans:  

    I’m basing the decision of how many kids will tip us over to exceeding my paycheck on how much infant care is. Which is the most expensive. It gets cheaper as they get older. I think after school programs would be significantly cheaper. Or my husband and I could swap schedules so that I go in early and leave at early afternoon to meet kids at bus stop. And he goes in late to drop them off at school and comes home at like 6pm.

    So I foresee the most expensive care option being when they are young, under school age.

    So for us, we can make it work when they are older. So I would only consider not working if we had 3 kids all at under school age.

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