I was raised in a subculture that held up the stay-at-home mom as the best option for women. And it still is for some families. But I have some regrets about not growing as a person and developing my gifts earlier in life as a result of the narrow view of womanhood I embraced. No one forced me into that role. I chose it. But I'm thankful that I am having opportunities to develop some skills now. In addition to the question, "What is the cost to your family if you do return to work?" I think we need to ask, "What is the cost to your family if you don't return to work?" Perhaps the loss might be the failure to see the female adult in the home fully develop her gifts and grow. God gives so much freedom to believers. I pray we will give each other the liberty to seek the Lord and choose the family roles that best suit us, enabling us to glorify God at every stage in life. Thank you for an excellent article.
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