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I would work for 5 more years, we would agressively pay down the mortgage and invest, and then we would have 2 kids and I would stay home for approximately 10 years then go back to work.

My wife and I are about 6 years into what started as a similar "10 years off plan." But for the last 3 years I've been suggesting "Hon, you don't really want to go back to work, and you don't have to go back to work if you don't want to. We'll still get there alright."

And finally in the last year, for a lot of reasons, she's come around to agreeing with me. From my perspective, sharing the misery isn't a valid reason for both of us to work full time. Nor is racing towards FIRE at the fastest rate possible, ignoring what life is like on the way. And if you're embracing a LBYM lifestyle, there is a lot that a SAHM/F can do to contribute towards getting there (especially if you have kids).

There's still an enormous segment of society that evaluates people by what they do for wages and not by who they are and how they live, and SAHM bear the brunt of that discrimination, but as long as you surround yourself with like-minded individuals it should be OK.

Good luck,

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