Was it Hard for You To Choose?

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Was it Hard for You To Choose?
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Thu, 08-18-2011 - 9:29am

I worked outside the home for the first 14-15 years of my kids life.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-07-2000
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 12:43pm
It wasn't really that hard to choose. I worked until Ian was about 15 months old. Our original plan was for DH to be the SAHP, but he just couldn't bring himself to resign. I had a GREAT job, was considering an MBA (had my letters of recommendation and chose a program), etc. when my company merged with another. After a lot of consideration, I chose to take a severance package. I questioned that decision for about a year, but I know now it was the right choice. That was almost six years ago. I don't think I've lost my identity. I still do some consulting work on the side so there aren't any gaps in my resume. I know that we'd have a lot more material things had I continued to work, but I'd have missed out on a lot. For us, this was a good decision that I don't regret.
Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 1:17pm

I did miss out on a lot of my bigger kids lives, and just decided I wasn't going to do that with the boys.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-07-2008
Wed, 08-24-2011 - 2:46pm
I did some SAHM time, but I missed working. I love being a nurse and it was really getting to me not to work. So, for me, the choice was easy to make. It was even easier when DH said he'd be the SAHP. He's been enjoying it so far (only been 3 weeks now). So we'll see how it goes.

I am concerned about missing some of my little one's milestones, but I know DH will do his best to get pictures of them and we'll try to arrange that some of them (first meals for example) are when I'm home.
Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Wed, 08-24-2011 - 4:47pm
That all makes sense, Stacey.
I'm a nurse, too, and just recently too a job with home health making a couple of visits on the weekend and taking call.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2003
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 12:43am

I worked with all my pregnancies, and always wanted to stay home.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 8:22am

It can be overwhelming at times.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2003
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 12:19pm

Ugh, I know what you mean.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 12:45pm

It is!

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 3:16pm
There really are a lot of WAH scams out there. What kind of work are you interested in?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 3:18pm
What about customer service? I've done that from home before. The company I worked for was great. I had to stop because DD was born and no way could I handle a newborn (breastfeeding) and a 3YO all while keeping background noise to a minimum. One day, our smoke detectors decided to malfunction horribly. I felt so bad!

I have a contact for transcription as well. Not medical, but media transcription. That was fun work.

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