Not surprisingly, the issue of whether to work outside the home has been an ongoing one for me since my oldest was born. Before that – say, five years ago – I would have told you that I would always work outside the home. I’d gone to an excellent law school, worked hard, and gotten my first choice job upon graduation. I enjoyed my work and I was good at it.
And then, my husband and I decided to have a baby. I suffered my first miscarriage five years ago last month. That, followed by a second miscarriage four months later, changed everything for me. I became so focused on having a baby that work became secondary. And to be honest, it’s never regained its previous status as a major priority in my life.
My long-term goals are no longer career oriented. So as my firstborn approaches kindergarten age, I find myself pondering my own options.
I finally ran the numbers and concluded that yes, we can afford for me to quit my job if our son attends public school. I’m not saying that I would definitely want to quit my job if I had the option, but at least it is now an option. However, if we decide that private school is right for him, then I’ll have to keep working in order to pay his tuition.
I could, of course, work at home. And I have no doubt that I would, regardless of whether the boys go to public or private school. But I have doubts about whether I could guarantee enough income working from home to cover two private school tuitions (since our younger son would be joining our older one in just two years).
Needless to say, my research into our local public schools has become a greater priority than my research into the private schools. While I’ll still compile a short list of schools in the next year, my focus is now going to be on whether there’s a good reason not to send the boys to the local elementary school.
The public school is holding an open house for prospective families next month. Stay tuned!