Opt Out Generation Wants Back In

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Opt Out Generation Wants Back In
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Thu, 08-08-2013 - 4:14pm

The Today Show is following up on a follow up from New York Times Magazine, that gives an update on women who 10 years ago decided to leave the workforce to become SAHMs.  I thought it was very interesting that one of the moms said that the only change she would have made would be to have kept her foot in the door somewhere, that it was much harder finding work again.

Here is a link to the article:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/magazine/the-opt-out-generation-wants-back-in.html

and here is a link to the conversation Today had with some of the moms: http://www.today.com/video/today/52702858#52702858

Do you think it's a good idea for moms to leave the work force entirely?  If you are a SAHM, what would you do in the event of a financial hardship like your spouse losing their job, or a divorce?  Do you think you would have an easy time finding work with a large gap on your resume?

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Thu, 08-08-2013 - 8:29pm

I did have a large gap.  I was a SAHM for 12.5 years.  Was not hard getting back into the work force but my jobs have all been fairly low level.  Do not know if staying in the workforce would have changed that as I do make as much as many people who have not been out of the work force.  While it is not a high income it is one that some raise families on.

To be honest it would have been exremely difficult financially to deal with DH loss of job, death or a divorce but it would not have been much easier had I continued working as my income for the most part would only pay the expences of working. 

I know that my end result has much more to do with luck than with anything else. 


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Fri, 08-09-2013 - 5:14am

I saw that, Weren't those moms ivy league grads with big jobs before though? No surprise there's not a slot waiting for you unless you keep one foot in like the one woman said she should have done. Heck, Even school teachers can't opt out then back in without keeping certifications et al current. I don't think you can compare retail or service type work to that.

Financial preparedness isn't work specific.

 


 


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Registered: 06-27-2013
Mon, 08-12-2013 - 6:48pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>I saw that, Weren't those moms ivy league grads with big jobs before though? No surprise there's not a slot waiting for you unless you keep one foot in like the one woman said she should have done. Heck, Even school teachers can't opt out then back in without keeping certifications et al current. I don't think you can compare retail or service type work to that.</p><p>Financial preparedness isn't work specific.</p>

What does that mean?