Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. The real advantage to planning maternity leave is having the time to do it right.
Having a baby is a game changer in terms of your health coverage as well. For most young couples, this may be the most important single use of their insurance, so it is important to get it right.
Every May, in honor of Mother's Day, Salary.com announces how much the work of a stay-at-home mother is worth. Her annual salary, or value, in 2009, since in the real world the salary is a fantasy: an impressive $122,732. It's nice to be valued. What isn't so nice is that although stay-at-home moms are given lip service about their value and importance, full-time stay-at-home motherhood is not recognized as the job it really is.