I work now and am pregnant with #2.
Hi Shannon, welcome to the board! I'm afraid I don't have a lot of concrete advice for you beyond the usual (live on one salary for a while, save the second salary, pay off credit cards, cars etc. and see how it goes.
I did want to mention, though, that this is a debate board and people around here will debate just about anything :-). It's a great board and people will offer good advice, but it can get a bit...um...lively at times.
If you are perhaps looking for a more supportive atmosphere, you could try the SAHM support board:
They are a really great group of women!
i think your own post answered it - the fact that you can handle it financially and sah while keeping your rn liscense up to date are all pluses..i will and have always believed the most crucial years in a child's development are the early years. and if a parent can afford the privlege of sah,do it *imo*.....my youngest is entering his last year of preschool next year and it's just now that i'm considering reentering some sort of work force again. with that said,i wouldn't trade my availablity at home f/t for the world.
good luck to you and your family. congratulations.
I agree with what others have said about living on DH's income and saving yours for a while. This will give you a good feel for how realistic/comfortable SAH would be for your family.
One thing to consider in your "presentation", and in your own thinking about it, is that this does not have to be a forever decision. If you are going to be working a little every month anyway, I imagine you would be in a very good position to pick up some more shifts if you find that things are too tight, or if you decide that you want to work more when the kids are a little older. If you present this as something you really want to try right now, but you are willing to go back if it isn't working, he might not get as stressed out about it.
Good luck with whatever your family decides!
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Or WAH, or pick up a part time job. I dont think a family should use the system to afford having another child, unless of course the family fell onto a hardship and need temporoary help.
If you can't afford another child you should not be having one.
Tell that one to my son, Dylan. And to our other 3 children who shouldn't have a brother.
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett
Are you saying that Dylan was a welfare baby?