Are there many SAHM's these days?

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Registered: 10-20-2007
Are there many SAHM's these days?
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Wed, 06-16-2010 - 2:27pm

With the economy being so crappy, I'm just wondering if there are very many SAHM's anymore.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2007
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 2:43pm

I am a sahp. This was not something we planned (I distinctly remember saying that I would never be a sahp), but since we were married we saved one of our salaries- so we never got used to spending on two salaries. We are also lucky that both of us earned a livable salary.

Since I have sah, DH accepted a Directorship, something that he probably would not have if I was also working ft. As a result, our net loss of income has been significantly less if not eliminated (since we would ave higher bills if I also worked ft).

We live in a high cost area, but it has also weathered the recession storm well. Not as many people have lost jobs and many places are hiring.

DH's job is as secure as it could be. His company had its best year ever last year.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 3:09pm

what i see is a new cycle of SAHMS just through my family like my brother's wife,

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 3:32pm

<.....no, i don't think teh "recession" has affected the choice of where they watn to be at all.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 4:23pm

Yes--if I wanted to be a sahm, I would not be one if my dh had no job or had very good prospects of losing his job in the near future and with a liklihood of no jobs in his career field in our area. In other words, a recession.

That might not change the fact that maybe I would really really really want to be one; I wouldn't, in that scenario.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 4:27pm

The economy can cause a Catch 22 in regards to SAH.

Bad economy means less jobs so some end up remaining SAH not out of choice and others become SAH not out of choice.

I have seen/read multiple articles news reports/articles about how since the recession has hit males harder than females, more men are becoming SAHP.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 4:30pm

what are you debating?

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 4:41pm

i can't imagine SAH either if you can't financially afford to.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 4:50pm
ah, true, some do look at SAH as an unemployed person who can't find work out there.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-22-2009
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 5:17pm

And exactly how would the day to day life differ between someone who is a SAHP out of choice and one who is because of job circumstances?

I did not that "a SAH as an unemployed person who can't find work out there'"

But a SAHP is a parent of minor children who is not in the work force. The reason they are not in the work force does not change the definition.


iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2007
Wed, 06-16-2010 - 5:46pm

I remember (A few years ago on this board) of being told that I wasn't a "real" sahp since I worked when the boys were younger and I planned to go back to work at some time. According to that poster (I don't think she posts here anymore), only "real" sahps do so from the get go and only go back to work during school hours *if they "have to"*.

I think that poster also thought that if a sahp posted something positive about wohps, then they weren't a "real" sahp either.

I was guilty on all accounts. :)

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