At what point (if any) does one make the distinction between WAH and having a hobby that happens to bring in a little bit of cash? I can't imagine paying any real bills by making hair bows.
< I can't imagine paying any real bills by making hair bows.>
Its a hobby that generates some pocket money income. I know some people who make extra income with their various hobbies. They know they aren't getting rich, but they enjoy doing these types of things and it is a creative outlet.
Yes, that would be the only draw for me personally to WAH - earning a paycheck without having to basically hand that paycheck over for childcare. Of course, I can't get any work done with the boy around, so WAH holds little practical appeal to me.
The people I know who do that pampered chef/handbag party
I can agree to that.
Also, some of the parents I see WAH do so to avoid a nasty commute, which helps family life considerably. It also allows them to be flexible about the work they take on- heavier in the fall and winter-early spring and lighter in the summer.
"I think what are few and far between are WAH jobs that actually create a reasonable profit while at the same time allowing for the person to also be staying home with their children without having to use othercare."
I agree. Even childcare which can be done with your (generic) own children at home (in fact, in CA, your own children are counted in the # of allowed children), it might be more advantageous to use other care while watching other people's children. That way, your children aren't sharing you with "strangers". Although, my sister did it when her kids were little. She bought all "new" (gently used) toys so her boys didn't have to share their toys.
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett
Well yeah, WAH means working at home with no necessary relation to childcare.