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The classic solution to this problem is to *be* the child care provider, taking care of your own kids for free and being paid to take care of someone else's kids at the same time. It's really setting up a small business, and requires a bit of record keeping; but it's something the OP should at least look at for feasibility in her situation.

Patzer may be on to something here. When our youngest was born, I stayed home with him for two years by getting myself registered for in-home daycare. I then undercut the costs of the commercial day care centers and still brought home enough money to seriously contribute to the household. Plus, there was the added bonus of having time with my son, not having to invest in a professional wardrobe, and having my son have built in playmates every day. It was a great option for us.

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