• There is no "one fits all" type solution here. It depends on the financial needs of the family, the temperament of the children and the parents, the availability of quality child care, and their ages. You have to talk it over and make a list of all the pros and cons and choose a plan that you like. There is no "right" way to do this. Studies have shown that children in quality child care situations thrive just as well as those with stay at home parents.
  • In the long run I imagine one parent with a full-time job since part-time jobs generally have limited career advancement potential.
  • It's actually been found that it's cheaper for one person to stay home and care for the home and children than for both to be working. It's less miles on the car, not all that wardrobe expense, childcare, eating out, gas costs. If someone is home, they can cook more from scratch and save money that way as well. And the children have the benefit of having a parent there teaching them things from an early age. Children really don't know that quality time matters. They really want quantity and quality.
  • My wife and I talked about this before we had kids. She wanted to be a stay-at-home Mom, and that was fine by me. The biggest advantage I can think of about this is that our kids are raised with OUR values, not the values of the babysitters and caretakers we would have to leave our children in the care of if we both worked. I would recommend this to any family. However, I realize it may NOT be practical for some, based on their financial needs or desires.

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