I am currently a work-at-home mother, and have been self-employed since my first child was 18 months old. All I can say is...anyone who thinks they'd be bored is welcome to come watch my kids for a while, I could use a moment to breathe, or at least go to the bathroom in peace ;). Now that the third child is due any day (estimated due date is in three days) and my husband and I are both at home, we're still both running like crazy from about 7:00 a.m. until around 11:00 p.m. and there's always plenty left to do.
That said, though it's a LOT more work for me to be self-employed and stay at home with the kids, I wouldn't have it any other way. I decided to head down the freelancing path when something finally clicked in my head after I missed my son's first steps, and I missed his first word. The people at the daycare couldn't even remember what the word was, so I'll never know. Then and there, I was overwhelmed with the desire to raise my own kids instead of paying someone else to do it while I worked for an employer. That was five years ago, and I've never looked back. At first I barely made enough with 80-hour weeks to replace my old Wal-Mart paycheck, but now I support our family of five and have the tools to take the business much further. I believe that anyone with the desire and a compelling enough reason, as well as a few core skills, can find a way to stay home for their kids.