I am a 32 year old female and have a full-time job. I've been working from home for 6 years now. My boyfriend and I are talking about marriage and having a baby. We're trying to figure out if it's going to be possible for me to still work full-time from home while also raising a baby. I found a lot of articles about it being possible to cut back on hours or work part-time only, but I don't want to do that (insurance and financial reasons). He works full-time as well and not from home and we want to try to avoid day care (or at least use it minimally). Has anyone ever successfully done this? If so, I'd love to know how. What was good/bad about it?
In a roundabout and hair-pulling sort of way, I find myself a historic preservation grad school drop out (yes, thank you, I dropped out) and with family logistics, pretty much need to stay home with our child full-time. What sort of skills can I develop on my own time that may lead to a well-paying freelance/at-home career? I have a degree in art history, and a very varied work past that included lots of food service and administrative assistant positions. I've applied to many of the higher paying jobs around town to justify spending hundreds on childcare, but to no avail. Personally, I would rather stay home with my child. [more inside]
What are the most successful strategies for managing unstructured time? [more inside]
For those of you who have decided to stay home with your kids, how did you exit the workforce gracefully so that you were well positioned to return at a later date? [more inside]
I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Problem is: I am grown up. [more inside]
How can a stay-at-home dad make a bit of cash on the side? [more inside]
Is it naive, selfish, spoiled, lazy, unreasonable, unrealistic, unamerican or otherwise unacceptable for, say, a 25 year old single girl to aspire to be a stay at home wife & mother and not pursue a career, despite her good education and good upbringing?