In hindsight, when my husband was struck down with a serious illness in 2014, already being at home also made the transition into being his full time carer for the duration of his illness a much easier and relatively stress free transition. As I didn't have to take my employment into consideration nor worry about the impact my families situation would have on anyone other than us. As I doubt that many people are fortunate enough to have employers of the calibre of the company my husband works for and the people he works with. That is a story of grace for another time.
I choose to be a stay at home parent not only because I think it suits my children's needs the best, but also because it is what makes me the happiest. Some people find solace, that little bit of me time that helps them maintain their sanity by working outside the home, I find it working in and from the home. The same results brought about by different choices...and when that choice brings peace and balance to your family and lifestyle, then no matter what anybody else thinks, it is the right choice for you and your family.
It has been my choice, that doesn't mean I think it should be everybody's. I have friends and family where both parents work full time and or part time outside the home and are also raising beautiful children. This is simply my choice and my husbands for our family. One that sit's well with us and that we will maintain for as long as it is possible to do so.
I know how fortunate I am to have this choice and I know that there are many people that would like to be doing what I do, yet as a sole parent or the primary provider that choice isn't as easy for them to make. My hope for the near future is that it will be easier for all parents to make the choice to stay at home to raise their children if it is what their heart desires. And to do so without fear or judgement.