The decision to stay home with your baby is a deeply personal one -- but it's also a practical, financial one. You may absolutely want to do it. But can you? In many cases, yes, if you are clear eyed about what it will take, says Sally Herigstad, CPA, author of Help! I Can't Pay My Bills. It's partly an attitude adjustment: "If you're accustomed to living on $80,000 a year as a two-income family, you may feel you need that much. But if you try it, you may discover that if you have less, you get by on less."
Take the skills you've honed as a stay-at-home mom and parlay them into a whole new career.
Go Back to Work or Stay Home?
Whether you're at home full time or back at your job, you've got issues. We've got solutions.
How to Make Money at Home
You don't need an MBA and lots of cash to create a successful home-based company. Meet five moms who did it on a shoestring budget.
What's the real market value of a mom? Think six figures, baby.
One mom asks for expert advice on how to get her at-home work accomplished while her toddler runs about the house looking for attention.
Should You Work from Home?
Key questions to consider if you're thinking of starting a home-based business.
Do you have what it takes to start a business, earn money, and spend more time with your kids? Parents teamed up with Inc magazine to help you answer that question. Here, everything you need to know.
Q+A: Should You Leave Your Job?
What to consider when making this big decision.
Why I Quit My Job
The number of women leaving work to be home with their children is on the rise. Who are these moms, and what's motivating them? Here, meet five women who explain the joys and the challenges of staying home.
Can You Afford to Quit Work?
Thinking of trading in your briefcase for a diaper bag? Here's how to figure out whether you can manage on one income.
Feeling left out of the family finances because you don't bring home a paycheck? Here's how to lose the guilt—and regain control of your cash.
Money Management for New Parents
How to deal with the financial strain that new parents face.
Can You Afford to Stay Home?
Could staying home end up saving you money?
Returning to Work
My husband and I disagree about my staying home.
6 Tips for Living on One Income
Your family can live comfortably with one working parent.
Are you ready for Dad to be Mr. Mom?
Four strategies for adjusting to life at home with the kids.
Beating Stay-at-Home-Mom Boredom
One mom wonders how she can entertain herself and baby, besides music classes and mommy support groups.
Staying Home with Your New Baby
How you—and baby—can stay happy and fulfilled while adjusting to your new life together.
How Can I Leave My Baby?
Readers share helpful hints on how to make going back to work easier.