A friend of mine emailed me today and said she was debating about whether to stay home full time with her daughter (who is something like 15 months old??), and she was asking me what my top reasons are for staying home with my kids. In the midst of all these crazy, exhausting, challenging, demanding days, it was refreshing to remind myself why I DO stay home. And when I really think about it, I remember how much I love it. So I wanted to share here today, so you could also remember why YOU choose to stay home...
I stay home because I would be SO SAD to miss out on all the little things they do, and I enjoy having all this precious time together! Now with Eli in preschool I feel like I really have no idea what he does for those 2.5 hours!
I stay home because there's nothing else in the world I'd rather do.
I stay home because it would have to be a darn good job to pay MORE than what daycare would cost AND make up for the time lost with my children.
I stay home because we can live comfortably with just Kevin's salary alone. We can't go on big vacations or eat out every day or go shopping a lot, but we can do most day-to-day things without worrying about finances.
I stay home because I want to spend these early years training them MY way, spending every moment teaching them about who Jesus is and how to live a life of faith.
I stay home because there's nothing better than doing crafts, playing Legos, reading books, watching movies, and teaching your children things YOURSELF because through all of it you're building a wonderful relationship with your children.
I stay home because it's SO nice to have relaxed lifestyle these early years instead of constantly rushing here and there. Now that Eli's in preschool it already feels like we're following a schedule quite a bit, and it's just 3 mornings a week. I know in just a few years life will be CRAZY with everyone's activities, so for now, I just want to enjoy this time home.
I stay home because I want to give to my kids AND my husband and not feel stretched in a million other different directions!
As HARD as it is some days, I wouldn't have it ANY other way! For now. I may go to part-time work once the kids are in school (if we do choose to public school), but for now, this is perfect for us. And THAT is why I stay home.