3. Adult Interaction - If you do stay home, will you have access to a social outlet of some kind? If you are leaving the workforce, will you be able to volunteer elsewhere or join social groups with other moms who are also at home? You will need adult interaction on at least a semi-regular basis. I’m absolutely speaking from experience here!
4. Spouses – How does your spouse feel about the situation? This is something you should discuss together and make sure that both parties know exactly what the other wants. If there is a disagreement, you may need to make a pros and cons list together. It’s important to be supportive of one another and hopefully arrive at a decision that is agreeable to both parties.
5. Your Gut Instinct – Think about how you really feel about the situation. Are you a mom who feels strongly about staying home with your baby? If so, the choice is probably an easy one. You just need to make it work. If you believe that you need to work outside the home to feel fulfilled, you may feel torn, but remember that your mental health is very important--especially when you are caring for someone else.
No matter who you are, the decision to leave the workforce so you can stay home with your child is a challenging one. Try not to let outsiders influence your decision either because you need to do what is best for you and your family. If you choose to work, don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t. Similarly, if you choose to stay home, be equally proud of that decision. The right choice for you may not be the right choice for someone else, but the best choice to make is the one that works best for you and your family.
That’s it for now. Thanks for listening.
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