Choosing whether one of the partners will stay at home or continue working after childbirth is a major decision that the couple must make. Some major considerations are the following:
- Financial readiness and capability. If any of you will quit working, will you still be able to live comfortably and save for future unforeseen expenses? Money is the often the reason why both partners are working. If you can hardly make both ends meet while the both of you are still working, quitting from job is not a good idea unless you have other feasible plans for earning money.
- Career goals. If both partners are career-driven, leaving a job in order to take care of the babies and manage the household seems hard. It may be a cause of resentment especially if the partner who’ll be staying home is not really inclined to remain at home.
- Child care. The couple should understand the implications of sending their children to day care or extended family while they both are working. The early experiences of a developing child has a great impact on his personality, disposition and development.
- Lifestyle. Is the partner who’ll be staying at home ready to accept the change of lifestyle? In addition, losing one source of income affects the finances of the family. Are the couple willing to let go of the luxuries and other things they usually enjoy?
Not everyone are in the same circumstances so nobody should judge you based on your choices. However, always to make decisions that will be most beneficial to you and your family.