I'm new to the boards

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Registered: 08-04-2003
I'm new to the boards
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Mon, 08-04-2003 - 10:10pm
and to the working world again...I have been a SAHM for the last eight years. I have two kids, dd 6 and ds 8, this year now that dd will be going to first grade full time, I am able to get out into the work force and get some CASH flow going again. which is great because it's hard living on one salary (especially when its not that much ;) ) I am scared, nervous, and excited....but I don't know if I feel guilty and that makes me feel weird....dh will be able to be home when the kids get home, as he works from 6 am to 2:30 pm....we can't afford daycare, so this will be a good thing right....am I still marketable...why are things so darn expensive, we rent now and its horrible....we would love to own a home...so working outside the home is a must for us to do that...ok, I am rambling....HI
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 08-04-2003 - 10:25pm
It sounds like your DH has a perfect shift for sharing the kid duties. I was a SAHM for 12 years. I was part time when I first went back to work but when I did go full time I worked from 6:30-3:00 and he from 8:00 to 5:00 so it worked well, he got the kids off in the morning and I was there when they got home. I think that if you have school age kids sharing duties like that works better then one parent working days and another nights.

But if childcare costs are an issue then you will still have problems school breaks and summers. I took care of that issue by working for the school system so I was off when my kids were off. That also may be an option for you.

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Mon, 08-04-2003 - 11:49pm
I am hoping to find something in the school system, but it seems like you have to wait for someone to die to get those jobs...LOL...just kidding....I have some feelers out...and I am ok with the idea of summer camp, especially since my kids are 6-8 not little tiny babes anymore...socialization can be good too..right???
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Registered: 07-28-2003
Wed, 08-06-2003 - 11:54pm
You don't have to work outside of the home. There are many legitimate work from home oportunities on the net. I didn't believe it, but then I did some research. I decided to quit my job and work from home. And then my husband was deployed, so it ended up being an excellent decision. I am working from home and loving it. I have gotten to know my children all over again. While I was working my children had behavior problems. I had seen this happen to my younger brother when my mother started working again. And believe me, I was the babysitter, it was horrible. I did not want that to happen to my children. I just thought I would tell you my story. Good Luck.

Jennifer

Proud wife of a soldier - Michael

Mother of Shelby (7), Justine (7), and Drew (5)

JennLMar@yahoo.com

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Registered: 07-21-2003
Thu, 08-07-2003 - 2:04pm
Ummm, Jenn, her children are in school all day ANYWAY, and then her husband will be with them. Just what kind of behavior problems do you expect will develop in that scenerio?

Don't be so alarmist, millions and millions of kids have working moms and didn't develop any "behavior problems" because of it. Sheesh!

Sounds to me like you're just trying to recruit people for your business.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 08-07-2003 - 2:55pm
Welcome to you, and your ramblings! I remember very well entering the work force again. But don't worry, soon it will all be old hat to you! Best of luck, and please stick around.

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