Just curious ...

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Just curious ...
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 9:29pm
how many of you wohms work forty hours a week,and how many of you sahms do not use preschool?Sometimes I get the feeling that we are a bunch of sahms w/ kids in 15 hours of preschool arguing w/ wohms who work 20 hours while their kids are in dc 2o hours.Also,how many of you have never done the opposite side and don't plan on it,ever?

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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: msn_99
Wed, 06-11-2003 - 10:37pm
40 hours a week WOH here. My boys are not in before- or after-care. They're home with either DH or myself or my parents before and after school. Never plan on being a SAHM. There's no good reason for me to at this point, although I may go PT at some point.
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Registered: 05-08-2003
In reply to: msn_99
Wed, 06-11-2003 - 10:39pm
No babysitters or childcare of any kind, No preschool. Never WOH, no plans as I'm a lifetimer HOUSEWIFE!
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Registered: 03-25-2003
In reply to: msn_99
Wed, 06-11-2003 - 10:57pm
A 40 hour/week WOHM here. . .at least for the next 3 weeks. As of July 1, I'll be changing my ft job schedule to a pt schedule (20 hour work week) in order to facilitate my ability to teach at the university.

My schedule should slow down considerably over the next few months, though my actual take home 'pay' won't. I'll also be able to take more classes with the goal of graduating in May of '04.

To the 'naked' eye, I'll be part time as I'll be going to school/working just 3 of 7 days in a week. My schedule will be 3 very long days between work and class (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), at least I set the daytime hours myself. If I decide I don't like the 3 long days, I can go to 5 mornings, with class 3 nights/week.

I have SAH during short stints, generally due to military moves or school year timing. Even during those times I utilized child care options to stay involved in our community as family care wasn't an option.

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Registered: 12-12-2002
In reply to: msn_99
Wed, 06-11-2003 - 11:19pm
>>>how many of you wohms work forty hours a week,and how many of you sahms do not use preschool?<<<

Well, I have only been WOH since March, so I'll answer from both sides. I WOH anywhere from 12-30 hours per week, on average. There are exceptions like two weekends ago, when I worked 36 hours in 3 days. But that is very unusual, as it was a special event. Right now my boss and I are working on getting me working more from home. Eventually I hope to work only 5-10 hours outside the home each week, and the rest from home.

Prior to March, I was SAH, and this was the first year either of my kids were in school. DD was in full-day Kindie, and DS was in preschool. His Pre-K was also full-time, 6 1/2 hours per day. Personally, I don't feel preschool is warranted for every child, but for many reasons, I felt it was for DS. DD never went to any kind of preschool.

>>>Also,how many of you have never done the opposite side and don't plan on it,ever?<<<

Not me. I've wobbled between one and the other as was necessary. Luckily, I haven't WOH very much prior to now.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Registered: 06-11-2003
In reply to: msn_99
Wed, 06-11-2003 - 11:41pm
15hrs of preschool? The ones here are 2 1/2 hrs 2 days a wk and run Sept-May. Otherwise it is 1/2 or all day childcare. Stay at home mother and no plans of trying the other side. Figure I have enough to do that I don't need to throw in a job to add to my days. I'm not against child care for those who need it. We just don't need it ever.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: msn_99
Wed, 06-11-2003 - 11:41pm
I am a sahm who sends a child to preschool, but not for 15 hours a week. He went for 5 hours a week last year and is enrolled in a pre-kindergarten program that is 7 1/2 hours a week next year.

I don't know how that counts since I have a younger child at home with me during this time.

I have never woh, but I may someday. I keep my skills up to date with volunteer gigs. I'm hoping to be a published author and blissfully working from home, but if that doesn't pan out, I'll be brushing off my resume when my still-to-be-conceived last child goes to school.

Jill

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Registered: 03-29-2003
In reply to: msn_99
Thu, 06-12-2003 - 4:56am
While I only "work" from 8-2;30, by the time you factor in my commute, i've always been out of the house from 6 am - 4 pm. When the kids were little, they went to daycare and then preschool from 7:30-4:00. Dh dropped them off and I picked them up.

Now that they're all in school, dh and the nanny get them ready in the morning. When they're all gone she does some cleaning. In the afternoon, she does more cleaning and they get home from school at 2:20, 2:45 and 3:45. I still get home at approximately 4 pm.

as a teacher, i do the "opposite" for over 184 days per year...that includes all of my vacations, holiday and weekend time. However, there are no plans for me to ever sah permanently.

So yes, when my kids were little, we used FT daycare and then FT preschool. The kids loved it.

eileen

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: msn_99
Thu, 06-12-2003 - 5:07am
My standard work week is 42.5 hours (8 1/2 hour day including lunch).
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Registered: 03-26-2003
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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 6:28am
I was a SAHM for 12 years. My kids pre-school experience was very limited, DD1 not at all, DD2 2 years of 1 1/2 hour 2-3 days a week during the school year, DD3 one year of 2-3 days a week during the school year. For 7 of the years I was AH I volunteered on average 12 hours a week and my DDs were in some kind of childcare situation (childcare center, home daycare, nanny or baby sitter).

Since I have been back to work most of it has been part time (25-34 hours a week) but I will probably go to full time when DD3 goes back to school.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 6:52am
40 hiurs / no daycare. I can't imagine ever being rich enough to sah. DH is disabled, though, and is now a sahd, reluctantly. He'd much rather be able to work. Hitting the lottery is nice, and retirement would be nive. But being forced out of work stinks.

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