Monday, September 19, 2011

One-Income Attachment Parenting


I recently received a comment on my blog about attachment parenting. The person noted that some parents can't practice this style of child rearing because both parents have to work. Yes, some families genuinely have to both work to make ends meet. But I would have to argue that most of you can have one parent home, but it would involve too many sacrifices many people aren't willing to make. Not just financial sacrifices, but personal ones as well.

Some parents reading my blog may get the impression "Of course she can do that, she can stay home - her husband probably makes enough!" I would probably think the same thing if I was reading Eco-Babyz as someone else's blog. 

Do you want to know how we make it work? My husband has a very modest salary, I don't even make enough part-time to cover groceries each month, but we both decided we want to raise our kids ourselves. We decided that the time spent with them is far more valuable than any toys, gadgets, second cars, and other luxuries... Details? Lot's of them here:


[Photo of me 7.5 months pregnant with our toddler running circles at the beach last week, finally free parking there in September!]

7 comments:

  1. New follower! I completely agree! That is our plan, and yes there will be a ton of sacrifices, financially and otherwise, but I believe it is worth it!

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  2. You know what, I applaud you. My hubby and I too have decided that when our baby is born I will stay home instead of going back to my part time job. Being able to spend quality time with our daughter after she is born is #1 priority to us. We don't need all the luxuries, and we don't have a large income either. We believe people are more important than things :)
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  3. Amen! I totally agree with you. We are a one income attachment parenting family as well. My husband makes just enough to cover our needs and we are happy. Things don't make people happy anyway, it is time with the people you love that really matters the most. We don't own a lot of things that our friends own, but we have a wonderful bond with our kids that is not based on materialism. Thank you so much for this post!

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  4. I completely agree with you! Any sacrifices made from only having one income is well worth it! I had my child and soon to have another so we could raise them and spend time with them. I wouldn't be able to stand only seeing my little guy only a couple of hours per day on week days, breaks my hear to think about it.

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  5. I am a new follower and was looking back at some of your older posts. I completely agree with you that most people could make it work if they are willing to make the necessary sacrifices. Good for you for saying (blogging)it.

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  6. I agree with you so much on this! Though my fiance don't have children ye,t we have already talked about and agreed that we too want to raise our children ourselves. We have already changed our lifestyle to make sure we are living well below our means, so that when the time comes we won't have to go through a huge adjustment period to go down to one income.

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    1. Good for you! It's good to be prepared ahead of time :)

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