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Luck Has Nothing To Do With It!

I received the following message from Alida, a visitor to our website…

I often get asked why my children aren’t in preschool, but mostly I’m told how “lucky” I am to get to stay home with them. I’ve even had people tell me how they wish they could do that. Usually I just smile and agree, but if I feel compelled I sometimes explain the following.

Luck has nothing to do with it. My husband and I discussed at length how we wanted to raise our children. I worked in daycare facilities many years ago and we knew that was not an option for us. So along with planning our family, we planned our finances.

Our friends could not understand why we were driving around in cars that were five and six years old. Surely we made enough to buy new cars. Why on earth hadn’t we bought a house yet? We had been married for five years!

I quit working as soon as I became pregnant. Everyone was appalled. How on earth were we going to make ends meet? Now, we certainly would not be able to buy a house!

Well, two and a half years (and two children) later, we own a house and a new car. We had to move out of southern California. Oregon is our new home. It was that important to us to raise our children.

Are we lucky? Certainly! My husband was able to secure a job transfer with relative ease. My parents are in a financial position that allows them to visit us four or five times a year. Our blessings are many, but staying home is a choice we made long before the children came.

We can’t have everything, but we always have a choice.

Alida makes some interesting points. Parents often have more options than they think. In addition to considering alternate living arrangements, budgeting, and saving — many parents rely on home-based businesses to supplement their income so that one parent can remain at home to raise and teach the children. Check out the advice of our Home Business Expert, Victoria Carrington, M.D., who provides some great tips and resources on how to own and operate a successful business at home.

1 comment to Luck Has Nothing To Do With It!

  • Anonymous

    Staying Home

    I can totally relate with Alida. Our family has had to make some hard decisions in order to be home with our son. We knew early on that we wanted to be home with him.

    It took us several years to get on the right track. We drive a 10-year-old car and we don’t own our home. We don’t pay for cable television, which where we live means NO TV but it’s wonderful having our son home with us and watching him learn and grow.

    I wouldn’t miss out on this adventure for anything in the world.

    There are a lot of things we don’t have in our home because of our choices. We don’t have a son we don’t know. We don’t have a child who has grown up before he’s ready, we don’t have constant fund-raisers to deal with or overpriced pictures to pay for. We also don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars for designer clothing.

    I think that all those don’t add up to a happier life and more quality time with our son.

    Annette M. Hall | 2/5/2006 10:04:25 AM

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