Many assume that the only reason working moms work outside the home is for the money or because of the money. That is usually “a” reason but often it is not “the” reason. We have never been a two-income household solely for the extra money. Ever. Money does have a part in why I work, but I think it is dead wrong to say that my husband is not providing for us or doing his job if we cannot afford for me to stay home. Nuff said. I have also heard that I must be working so we can live super comfortably. Wrong again. I do provide a lot for our family by working, but things are also tighter than they have ever been.
I think it is a very personal decision for a husband and wife to decide what is spiritually, intellectually, financially, and emotionally best for their family. That being said, just because a mother works does not mean that every day is a Starbucks day (I promise!!) or that we take cushy vacations. I am pretty sure that my 10 year anniversary might turn into a glorified camping trip…and I am super excited! Seriously :0
Losing my job and living on one income for 6 months now has put us immensely behind. Throw two kiddos in the mix and we have had to get a little creative. While I wanted to keep this post light and helpful, I have seen and heard a lot of misunderstanding and guilt recently about why working moms choose to work. So yes, working provides money…but often not as much as others think.
Check back Friday for some ways we have cut back and saved money!