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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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 9:54am

The regular work I do is volunteer work, not for pay.

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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 9:58am
If you told me that you were a "part time working Mom," I would only know that you work part time. I know enough people in real life who work "part time" that I would ask further about what you did before making any judgements. One of my good friends was a faculty member here in the early childhood education program before her son was born. Her son is now sixteen, but she's only worked part time since he was born. That has ranged from being a substitute teacher and working fairly often, to teaching an evening class once a week, to doing seminars that take four days a month away from home and a couple of days of prep. Another or my good friends has been a piano teacher since I have known her (though before her four kids were born she was an assistant district attorney). She's had two or three students some years and since the kids have mostly grown up (she has two in college and two in high school), she has pretty much a full studio - something like forty kids.
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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 10:04am

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Well you might consider it work, but I truly consider it a hobby. I hardly make any money (actually I probably spend more on ebay and Avon than I sell), and I never let it take away from my son. If I'm still into both of these things when my son is done napping, or when another child comes along, then I will have no problem leaving that hobby alone for a while. It's like saying that if you work on a puzzle as a SAHM then you are technically a WAHM, because you're working on the puzzle when your child naps. That sounds nuts to me. :

  


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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 10:06am
In that case, whatever you considered yourself to be, you weren't a ptwohm.

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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 10:11am

This makes no sense.

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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 10:13am
I concede that you seem to be futzing around with a hobby more than you are making money. I kind of do that with scrapbooking supplies. I will take my leftover stuff and package it and sell it. I am dead sure I am not making any money doing this, but it makes me feel better about the massive amounts of money I spend on scrapbooking. I probably spend a hundred dollars a month and recoup twenty.
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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 10:14am

Isn't it ironic that someone who claims everything is black and white suddenly sees gray in calling herself a sahm!


I'm glad you made time for mini-golf and cookie dough ice cream,

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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 10:16am
I agree. And for the purposes of debate, it makes sense to have very firm definitions of what SAH or WOH or WAH mean.
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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 10:23am
There's
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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 10:26am

<<If you are available when school is done, on weekends and during the summer, I consider it staying at home. >>


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