I Can’t Afford to ….

Sometimes it is interesting how when I have been writing on a certain topic I seem to run across others discussing the same issue. Maybe they just catch my eye more or maybe when the Lord lays a topic on one person’s heart He also lays it on others.

Anyway, I read this post last night and was surprised at how closely it fit with my discussion of I Can’t Be a “Keeper At Home” Because … of the wife’s part in My Husband Wants Me to Work.

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have heard this statement

You’re so lucky. I wish I could stay home with my children but I just can’t afford it.”

An open letter to working moms by Kim at Life in a Shoe:

Dear Working Mom,

I see you nearly every time I’m out with my children. Sometimes you are very young, sometimes you look older. You might look happy one day and tired or stressed the next. You are different every time I meet you, but you say the same thing to me nearly every time: “You’re so lucky. I wish I could stay home with my children but I just can’t afford it.” …


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  1. I do find it interesting that so many women feel that they can’t afford to stay at home with their children, especially in my area. For me it’s the exact opposite, we can’t afford for me to have a job outside the home. We would end up having to pay hundreds more than I could earn per month just to cover daycare costs and I have a Master’s degree. I sometimes wish I could work outside the home, life gets stressful for me with an Autistic child and two smaller ones. Deep down though I know it’s best for me to be at home with my children, the financial burden alone of daycare would break our family’s finances.

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Amy,

    Most women don’t realize how very little they actually make when you include the extra costs of childcare, clothes, transportation, taxes, meals out, and paying others for services they could do if home. It is a shame when children are passed off to others to raise while a mom works so hard to maybe bring home less than minimum wage.

    No one will love your children like you do. The Lord knows exactly what mother each child needs. While parenting is hard and parenting a special needs child is harder, the rewards are priceless. The Lord does bless faithfulness.

    Berean Wife

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Amy,

    Here is a link you may find helpful.

    Two Incomes, Is It Worth It?

    The post is several years old so a couple of the links no longer work but it is still helpful information. You might have an opportunity to share some of the info with women in your area.

    Berean Wife

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