I have been a SAHM for 16 years. My oldest is almost 16 and my youngest is 6. When my first baby was born I looked at him and knew there was NO WAY I was going to be able to leave him in someone else's hands. I adored him and didn't want to miss a single moment of his little life. As the years have gone on we have sacrificed A LOT for me to be home with my kids, but I don't regret it one bit. I have done some WAH projects over the years- Ebay, Amazon, Mystery Shopping, babysitting, etc. to help fund some of the extras. My youngest is entering first grade this year so all of my children are in school all day. I keep having people ask me what I am going to do once they are all in school and I must look at them like they are crazy! I am finding that my kids need me around MORE now than ever as older children. Their activities keep them busier (and needing more rides, etc), their "issues" are more complicated, their homework is more challenging, etc. I am so incredibly thankful that I can continue to be a SAHM to them (although we have started a business and I am now more of a WAHM, but can set my schedule however I want so I am always available to them). Just had no idea that it would remain so important to be around as they got older.