Opt out or left out?

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Registered: 12-07-2003
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Mon, 05-13-2013 - 3:31pm

This article says that most SAH moms do so, because they can't afford to work (i.e. couldn't make enough to cover their childcare costs).  Or that their husband's income is in the top 5% of earners in the US.  So SAHMs are at the two extreme ends of income.  This seems to me to be pretty much what we've found through discussions on this board.  Do you think that there should be programs in place to make it easier for SAHMs in the lower income brackets to go back to work?  How could this be accomplished?

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/opt-out-or-left-out-economics-stay-home-moms-1C9881635

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 9:48am

Spring, if that's all you took out of that article, then you're missing the point.

Do you think that there should be programs in place to make it easier for SAHMs in the lower income brackets to go back to work?  How could this be accomplished?

This was Gesichtgal's question. I answered it from the article's story.

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 9:58am

Telling poor people that they can't have kids doesn't reflect reality. It's also incompatible with democracy.

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 10:03am

Telling poor people that they can't have kids doesn't reflect reality. It's also incompatible with democracy.

If you are poor enough that you can't take care of yourself or just about can, you should not be bringing a child into the world. 

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 10:33am

springfever2013 wrote:
This was Gesichtgal's question. I answered it from the article's story.

You didn't answer the question.  I asked how women who are currently SAHMs could be helped by programs that made it easier to go back to work.  Telling a woman who already has a child that she shouldn't have had kids doesn't answer the question.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 10:38am
The article is fishing for an issue that's not there.. SAHMs cross all socio backgrounds, Ideally moms that stay at home can afford to but many moms can't and many other moms just don't want to........ Are your prepared to expose your combined income so we can talk actual numbers and who can/can't afford to SAH geschichtsgal?

 


 


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Registered: 03-27-2013
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 10:40am
springfever2013 wrote:
This was Gesichtgal's question. I answered it from the article's story.

You didn't answer the question.  I asked how women who are currently SAHMs could be helped by programs that made it easier to go back to work.  Telling a woman who already has a child that she shouldn't have had kids doesn't answer the question.

The only answer I have is to get yourself a good job BEFORE you have kids if you need 2 incomes. It is too late once you get pregnant and that is how the planning comes into place.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 10:46am

I'd hope that an 18 yo child that gets pg is not only getting all the state support she can but also all the support from family too! 

Your employer has nothing to do with that.

 

 

 

 


 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 10:50am
I'd be 100% on board if the federal government mandated preschool. Isn't Obama and the department of ed exploring that? My kids went to a church based preschool and they did have sliding scales for those that needed it, And yes there's headstart. There are poor private school families too bord.

 


 


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Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 10:51am

jamblessedthree wrote:
The article is fishing for an issue that's not there.. SAHMs cross all socio backgrounds, Ideally moms that stay at home can afford to but many moms can't and many other moms just don't want to........ Are your prepared to expose your combined income so we can talk actual numbers and who can/can't afford to SAH geschichtsgal?

Except there is an issue. Very low income women often SAH, and many of them would like to work.  Wouldn't it be nice to make it possible for women who want to work be able to?  Some kind of subsidized child care that would make it possible for these women to work or go to school?  Are there any other programs that would make it easier for low income women to work outside the home, if they want to?  My household income isn't an issue here. 

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 10:53am

springfever2013 wrote:
The only answer I have is to get yourself a good job BEFORE you have kids if you need 2 incomes. It is too late once you get pregnant and that is how the planning comes into place.

Ah, the let them eat cake response.  And that worked so well for Marie Antoinette.

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