Are there many SAHM's these days?

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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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Registered: 01-08-2009
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 7:15am
I agree on the perception thing. There is a teacher who sometimes posts hrre who says she is a SAHM 180 days a year. I am on a 9 month contract as well but I do not consider myself a SAHM the months I am not teaching. I usually end up working about 15 to 30 hrs a week first of all, and secondly, even if I am not at work or reading for work or writing an article, I am always thinking about either tthe semester that just passed or the one I have got coming up.
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 8:01am

ITA.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 8:05am
in the very few occassions that working status is brought up IRL, i have to say the tone in i'm an AH mom is different than soembody who tells me they're out of work and looking for a job.

 

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 8:23am

"I'm saying the applicability of the label will depend on the perception of the unemployed person."

I totally agree with that. I would never in real life tell someone what there label is. I am discussing a point on a debate forum only.

Actually as I stated in my OP I had seen multiple news items on the subject. The tag for the stories is always something along the lines of "More SAHDs". I myself thought that was wrong. They are temporarily not unemployed not SAHDs. But then I thought about it and the definition of a SAHP is someone not in the work force who has minor children and they do fit that description.

We all have multiple labels. They would fit under both the category of temporarily unemployed and of SAHP.

They can call themselves whatever they want but to be called a SAHP would not be a false statement.

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 8:24am


The way I read it, she's wondering how many former SAHMs and how many wanna-be SAHMs are working now because of the economy.


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Registered: 06-24-2008
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 8:30am
When I see those articles about SAHDs and the economy, I'm thinking at least some of them have made a choice to SAH once they were let go from their jobs. To me that would mean even if it wasn't a plan, now that you are in that position you've stopped looking, pulled the kids from daycare, and are planning your days and your present life around being AH. It sounds like the point here is, the articles may not be distinguishing between an out or work dad and a dad who has taken a change in circumstances as the impetus to change his role in the family.

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 8:32am
Oh, on that point I would not re-enter the workforce if dh lost his job. I would keep doing what I'm doing and we would live on savings and he would work very hard at finding a new job. If he couldn't find a new job in a year or so, we'd need to make drastic lifestyle changes and that would be true even if it happened after I am back working.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 8:32am

When I worked for school systems if I was on break and going back to the same job in the fall I did not consider myself a SAHM. I considered myself a WOHM on break. I likened it to taking off for the weekend or vacation. Just because I take a break for the weekend it does not change my description, taking a longer break when working for the school system did not change my description. In both cases they expected me to be at work when the break was over.

When I left those two jobs I did consider myself to be a SAHM. I had no job that someone expected me to return to.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 06-17-2010 - 8:36am
Regardless of how you look at it for someone else to describe you as a SAHM whether out of choice or not would not be a false statement.
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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 8:41am

I don't know if this makes any sense, but in my mind there is a slight difference between an at-home parent and a stay-at-home parent. The difference being that one just happens to be unemployed at the moment and the other intends to remain that way for an extended period of time.

For the purposes of debate I concede that a person who is in between jobs is a SAHP in the same way that I concede that a person who goes to school full time during the day is a SAHP. Maybe I'll call them non-traditional SAHPs.












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