Introducing myself

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Introducing myself
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Wed, 06-18-2008 - 5:13pm
Okay, well...my name is Valerie. I'm not a parent, although at times I feel like one (I have to take care of my sister). But I am a SAH of sorts. I'm disabled. Not to mention, I have social anxiety. I like to stay alone, most of the time. I do the domestic things. I have to pull my own weight. I do get my own paychecks. Of course, it's below the poverty line. But it's something. I think SAHMS deserve pay. More than I make. After all, I'm making money to stay home. But most stay-at-homes make no money for the work they do.

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Sat, 07-05-2008 - 12:59pm

Now, that's my idea of a trip to Chuck E Cheese.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 07-05-2008 - 12:40pm
Well, under those circumstances, CEC is obviously a wonderful thing, lol.
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Sat, 07-05-2008 - 12:23pm
I had the greatest experience at Chuck E Cheese last week. I dropped my kid off for a birthday party, and picked him up when it was over. I didn't even have to go inside!!
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Registered: 01-07-2007
Sat, 07-05-2008 - 10:27am
Not with my particular job, I make commission and it does not go up every year.

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Sandi--Mommy to Ryan 7/24/07


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Sat, 07-05-2008 - 8:35am
Yes, true, but for most people, aftercare is significantly cheaper than FT daycare, for example.
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Sat, 07-05-2008 - 8:34am
Not really, since you will get annual raises, even if it is not a "career" job, as well as have a chance to contribute to your retirement etc.
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Sat, 07-05-2008 - 7:36am

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however, this is not always true -- in cases where the parents can't adjust their work hours, they may still need coverage before and/or after school.

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Registered: 01-07-2007
Sat, 07-05-2008 - 7:08am

I think that would be more true if I had a career rather than a job that holds little advancement.


I did, however, run into my boss at lunch the other day and got some child care info from her (she has a daughter with two children, one born the day after mine) and if I can get something arranged I think I'll start back part time, if only for my own

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Sat, 07-05-2008 - 4:19am
Chuck-e-Cheese is scary, so is McDonald's.
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Sat, 07-05-2008 - 4:17am

"... I would barely make enough money to cover daycare costs so it doesn't make sense for me to WOH."

I used to think like that, but I think it is wrong. If you WOH anyway, once the daycare cost goes down (which it will once the kid goes to school), you are likely to be in a better position professionally than if you had been home all those years.

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