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Even if you are forced to stay at home to take care of your children, that does not mean you cannot earn from home. Although your priority is to care for them, you will find some time to squeeze in some work. You do not have to work full time. After all, caring for the young ones will take a lot of your time and energy. But surely, you can find the time to work if you can fix your schedule properly. You may be wondering, why do parents stay at home anyway? Isn’t it economical for both to work? Well that may be the logical assumption but it is not entirely true for all situations. For some parents, it is more cost-efficient to have one parent stay at home instead of spending a lot of money to have someone else care for the child. It may be more difficult to live on one income alone but some folks believe that it is more rewarding even if the household cash flow decreases. According to PewSocialTrends.org, there is an increase in stay-at-home mothers in 2012. 29% of mothers are now staying at home compared to the 23% in 1999 who have chosen to give up their career for the kids. But more surprising is the rise in the stay-at-home fathers too. The Pew Social Trendsalso revealed that the number of fathers who do not work outside the home also increased to 2 million in 2012. Initially, this was blamed on the high unemployment rate that followed the Great Recession. However, it is now believed that these admirable fathers are choosing to stay at home to take care of their family. Based on the 2012 statistics, 16% of all stay-at-home parents are fathers. 23% of these men say that they cannot find a job - this is why they get to stay at home to care for the children. 21% said that it is a decision to care for their home. 35% said that they opted to stay at home rather than work because they are forced by a disability or illness. The rise in the number of parents opting to stay-at-home does not necessarily mean there is a problem with the economy. However, that also should not hinder households from exploring their full income potential either. It is remarkable how some parents would gladly give up their career and live a more simple lifestyle just to take care of the children. But there are ways that the parents of today can stay and care for their children and still earn from home. You can probably thank the Internet for making it a possibility but there are actually other non-digital options that parents can do to keep on earning while they are tied up at home.