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

Personal and Parental Goals

What kind of family life do you want to have? Is your vision compatible with your spouse’s? How can you help each other achieve those goals?

Support from Family and Friends
How much support can you count on from other family members and friends? In the absence of that support, will you and your spouse have to rely mostly on each other?

What is Best for Your Child or Children?
What kind of childhood would you like to provide for your children? What was your own childhood like?

About the authors: Darcie Sanders and Martha M. Bullen are also coauthors of Turn Your Talents into Profits: 100+ Terrific Ideas for Starting Your Own Home-Based Microbusiness (Pocket Books, ‘98). Martha Bullen also edited a collection of parenting articles called Tales From the Homefront (Spencer & Waters, ’99).

As recognized authorities on at-home motherhood, self-employment and family issues, the authors have appeared on “The Today Show,” “The Early Show,” “Roseanne,” CNN, NPR, and numerous other national TV and radio shows. They have been featured in Time, USA Weekend, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Ms., Working Woman, Parenting, Woman’s Day and many other publications.

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