Just what is a SAHM?

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Just what is a SAHM?
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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 1:38pm

I was taking a class recently from a well known designer--she is on the design team for a couple of companies, she teaches classes, writes articles, and sells her own creations from time to time online.


She started her introduction by saying "I'm a stay at home mom who also....." and then went on to describe what she does professionally.

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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 7:23pm
So if you work night shift, you're not a working parent?

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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 8:07pm
And yet, you don't have a job, but don't consider yourself a sahm.
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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 8:13pm

I think its if you don't do any paid work. You are then a SAHM or SAHD.


My DH doesnt do any paid work (though he does work about 10-20 hours a week on our own investment portfolio). He's a SAHD.


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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 8:59pm

IRL, I don't care what a woman (or man, for that matter) calls herself. But, if I paid for a seminar in which the speaker stated that she was a sahm even though she was paid for the seminar and was "hundreds of miles" (or even 1 mile) way from the family, I wouldn't think much of the information she is being paid to impart. If she is getting paid, she is a working mom, regardless of how little, where, or whether or not she uses dc. If she feels that she has to fudge her working status, I'd be thinking what other information/facts she is fudging.

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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 9:23pm

So by that definition my husband is a SAHD? He's home during the day. He takes care of the kids after school, oversees homework, takes DD to Brownies, is in charge of most doctor's appointments, makes dinner about half the time, spends a day or two each week cleaning the house and doing the grocery shopping. Oh, and he works 40 hours in four ten hour shifts at night. We don't exactly depend on his income (we could live on mine if we needed to, and my job is the one that provides the health insurance and other benefits like that) but it's nice to have and because he insists on working, we budget around that income. But still, by your definition, he's a SAHD.

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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 9:23pm

Very interesting debate. I think using daycare for part-time or full-time work when the kids are

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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 9:26pm

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You're right...I suppose you can't draw a line. You either work (at home or outside the home) or you don't.

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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 9:26pm

I feel that anyone that works regularly for pay is a WOHP or a WAHP, and that anyone who doesn't work regularly for pay is a SAHP. For instance, if a Mary Kay consultant regularly works her business (making connections, holding parties, attending meetings, etc), I consider her a working parent, but if all she does is buy her own skin care products at a discount and occasionally fills an order for anyone that just happens to want to get something through her while she's at it, I consider her a SAHP.

Out of the 8760 hours in a year, I work 280 hours teaching class (including commute). But it's regularly and for money, so I am a WOHM.

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