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01/08/03

More Mothers Choosing To Stay Home

More women are trading in board meetings and power lunches for story time and baby bottles. According to the Census Bureau, the number of children being cared for at home by their mothers has gone up 13 percent in the last 10 years.

There are no slow work days for Michelle Wood. The stay-at-home mother admits life has not turned out the way she imagined it would when she was back in college earning a marketing degree.

"At the time, no. You know you're young and you're ready to work. You're full of energy because you have a lot to offer companies."

Wood went to work after graduation, but when she got pregnant with her first child, everything changed. She wanted to stay home no matter what the sacrifice.

"The money. Of course after you're working and everything you're used to having, but that wasn't a consideration."

Wood admits being at stay-at-home mother has its challenges. Watching after two small children and keeping on top of housework can feel overwhelming at times. Fortunately, she has found support from other moms who've made the same choice.

"Being inside with just them all day, you can certainly find yourself breaking at certain points. If have somebody that you can pick up they phone and say to them 'Hey, let's go.' Even if it's to go eat lunch or get out of the house for a little while or go to the movies."

Even on the chaotic days, Wood says she's knows time spent with 4-year-old Joshua and 2-year-old Caleb will yield something worth a lot more than a paycheck.

by Danielle Thomas

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