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stay at home

1. adjective A phrase used to describe a parent who cares for their children instead of having a traditional job outside of the home. In this usage, the term is often hyphenated and is typically used in the phrases "stay-at-home mom" and "stay-at-home dad." I never thought I would miss working in an office, but being a stay-at-home mom is utterly exhausting. Once my niece was born, my brother became a stay-at-home dad.
2. adjective A phrase used to describe one who prefers to spend time at home, as opposed to going out and/or engaging in social activities. I've never been one to party or travel—I'm just a stay at home girl.
3. noun One who tends to stay home, as opposed to going out. Why do I have to be the stay at home all the time? I like to travel, too, you know!
See also: home, stay

stay-at-home

Describing a parent who forgoes employment outside of the home in order to care for their children and the household. Being a stay-at-home mom is just as much hard work as going to an office every day.
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Low-income stay-at-home moms are also more likely to say they have experienced daily worry and stress than low-income employed moms.
Low-income stay-at-home moms' emotional struggles are likely contributing to their lower life ratings.
Stay-at-home moms at all income levels are worse off than employed moms in terms of sadness, anger, and depression, though they are the same as other women in most other aspects of emotional wellbeing.
However, low-income stay-at-home moms are struggling the most.
And for those who choose to stay home, more societal recognition of the difficult job stay-at-home mothers have raising children would perhaps help support them emotionally.
Of course, for stay-at-home moms who wish to pursue employment, the cost of child care may be prohibitive.