Making the decision: To stay home or not to stay home

10 Issues to Consider When Making Your Decision

Here are some questions to think about while making your work/family decision:

Financial Considerations
Can you afford to quit your job? How much will you have to give up? Are your finances overextended now?

Job Satisfaction
Do you think that being an at-home parent can be satisfying? How much satisfaction do you get from your current career? How much satisfaction do you expect to receive from your new career at home?

Job Attachment
How much do you enjoy the status and prestige of your job? How much of your identity is tied to your current job?

Lifestyle Change
How will you and your husband react to this change? Can you both live on a budget? How attached are you to your current lifestyle?

Is the Money Yours, Mine, or Ours?
Who has control of the checkbook? Who will make minor financial decisions for the family? Who will make the major financial decisions?

Pressures on the Working Spouse
How will your spouse react to being the family’s sole financial support? Given greater financial responsibilities, how will he find time to participate in family life?

How Can You Divide up Household Work Fairly?
How will you achieve an equitable distribution of chores and responsibilities? Do you respect each other’s roles? Are either of you making unrealistic expectations about what the other spouse will take on?

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