We're not reliant on my income - it pays for the extras rather than the necessities, IYSWIM. So I could potentially give it up. But I was a SAHM for quite a while after DC4 and by the end of it I was bored silly and pretty lonely - I know it suits some people but it just didn't suit me. I'd rather keep working.
I gave up work because, after dc3, we could manage financially on dh 's income and my wages would have been virtually wiped out by childcare and after school clubs for 3. But I miss it terribly and am thinking of going back
I need some financial independence from my husband. I do loads of voluntary work, and have no trouble staying productive and purposeful. I work so that I can spend money on myself or my husband without feeling uncomfortable.
If I was independently wealthy and single I wouldn't do paid work, though I would do voluntary/community work.
Yes I would. I dont need to and am currently a sahm but christ almighty, it's boring sometimes. I day dream about having a little part time job I actually enjoy. But then I think about handing ds over to a nursery or whatever and I can't do it.
Yes - we could afford for me not to, but it seems very unwise to rely on my husband's ability to work for the next 20-30 years. He could be made redundant/become too ill to work/die young/leave (the middle two are, given his medical history, not entirely unlikely, and anyone can be made redundant. I don't think he plans to leave!) Plus it's good for my mental health in lots of ways. I'm very lucky to have a part time professional job with pleasant colleagues; I might have made a different decision in a different job.
I wouldn't continue with my current professional role, however I would likely to some sort of volunteering in a similar environment. That being said, when DC are of school age, I do think I would return to my career.
Reality is, I can't afford not to work, so I return from mat leave in January.
No. I don't have to work as DH outearns me considerably. If I were to work all we would have is more holidays/more savings and we're ok on that front already. I hated my job and it made me ill so I left it some years ago in spite of having no DC. People get a bit stroppy about me not working but my job was destroying me and our marriage. It gave us more disposable income (we are far from destitute without it) and me carrying on seems futile. Now I look after DH and have hobbies. It's a small, quiet life but it keeps us on an even keel. And it means we don't have to manage two busy people's work diaries for holidays