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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Registered: 09-04-1997
Mon, 02-18-2008 - 1:42pm
And why is it MEN never have any trouble understanding whether they have jobs or not?
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Registered: 12-07-2003
Mon, 02-18-2008 - 2:02pm
My DH works part time and still considers himself a SAHD.
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Registered: 10-04-2007
Mon, 02-18-2008 - 2:04pm
I use the same definition I use for working dads.
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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 2:24pm

I work Fri and Sat night shift and a half shift on Wed. which adds up to 20 hours a week. I also get Annual, holiday, sick, family personal, and a couple days of community service leave each year. I end up working probably an average of 16 hours a week once you factor in all of my leave I can take. When I am working my husband is home with the kids.


I like to think of myself as a working mom. I do have a job and I make money - it contributes to our retirement and kids education accounts. Of course my dh loves to point out my salary would not even pay our taxes. I think he would like me to quit my job but he is supportive of my decision to work non the less.

 

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Mon, 02-18-2008 - 3:20pm



I think some women consider themselves SAHM's when they have left their job when they had a baby.

 

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Registered: 09-04-1997
Mon, 02-18-2008 - 3:42pm
Why doesn't he consider himself a Dad with a part time job, which is what it seems that he is?
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Registered: 01-23-2008
Mon, 02-18-2008 - 4:34pm

Although I have continued to sell Avon since my son was born, and have also started selling a little on ebay, I definitely classify myself as a SAHM. I guess for me the line is drawn by how many hours are spent working (whether it be in or outside of the home) and

  


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Registered: 03-21-2001
Mon, 02-18-2008 - 4:49pm

If you work for pay, you are a working mom.

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Registered: 09-04-1997
Mon, 02-18-2008 - 4:53pm

If you draw the line between SAHM and WOHM/WAHM not at whether there is a job or not, but, according to you, at "how many hours are spent working" what is that magic number? Is working one hour a week not enough to be considered having a job, but maybe working ten hours a week is?

I just don't get the confusion here. My son is eleven and has a paper route. He works about twenty five hours a month. He doesn't have any confusion at all over whether he has a job or not. But a SAHM who delivers papers would? I don't get it.

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Mon, 02-18-2008 - 5:53pm
I think he defines a SAHD as someone who does not work between the hours of 9 and 5 or so. He's a SAHD with a part time job. ;)
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