It's impossible to know the answers to these questions ahead of time. One of the most difficult parts of staying-at-home is hearing about how it did not work out for some and the regret they experience as a result. Staying-at-home hurt their career opportunities or their marriage more than they expected. Or something unanticipated happened (e.g., a medical condition, an accident, an affair).
Recently, I've enjoyed reading the comments on Motherlode about whether readers regretted their decision to stay-at-home or not. None of the arguments are new to me, but I'm curious to find out which poster I'll sound most like when my son is off to college.
For those readers with older children, do you regret your choice to stay-at-home or work?