Find others who are also raising families. Our preschool serves this purpose for us. Here, we have met other families who have decided not to use daycare. We’ve also been lucky enough to meet other families with a stay-at-home dad.
Get out of the house! My husband has a tight-knit group of friends that he sees often, and he is also active in a men’s group at church. I also have joined a mom’s group at church. Getting out of the house for your own activities energizes you to keep giving to your family.
Learn to live on one income. This was a big (sometimes painful) change for us.
And, there is plenty of evidence that children are happier, do better in school, and are healthier when their father is actively involved in their care.
Don’t think that our life is all sweetness and light. On plenty of days our tempers are short, and money is even shorter. However, when we see how our daughter is thriving, we think our family business is paying off.