Practical or Philosophical?

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Practical or Philosophical?
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Mon, 06-30-2008 - 12:24pm

Is your current work status (woh, sah, everything in between) because of practical reasons or philosophical reasons? Or a mixture of both?

What are they? Have they changed as your children have grown?

How much time did you and your partner take to make each of your work status decisions?

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Registered: 05-14-2006
Mon, 06-30-2008 - 1:27pm

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Registered: 02-08-2008
Mon, 06-30-2008 - 1:43pm

Is your current work status (woh, sah, everything in between) because of practical reasons or philosophical reasons? Or a mixture of both?
I woh fulltime. Practical reasons only as we need to pay the bills-lol!!

What are they? Have they changed as your children have grown? No, same job since before my kids were born.

How much time did you and your partner take to make each of your work status decisions? Not much-we knew we needed both incomes.

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Mon, 06-30-2008 - 1:44pm

My status (WOH with 3 kids) is simply because I am fortunate enough to be able to do something I love with the support of a great husband and

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 06-30-2008 - 3:03pm

Is your current work status (woh, sah, everything in between) because of practical reasons or philosophical reasons? Or a mixture of both?


Both.

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Registered: 10-17-2003
Mon, 06-30-2008 - 3:14pm

I SAH for practical reasons.

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Registered: 12-07-2003
Mon, 06-30-2008 - 3:49pm

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Practical. DH needs to get his Master's degree and/or teaching certificate before he can get a full time job doing what he wants to do. Since I already have a Master's degree in my field of choice, I work full time.

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DH needs to get his Master's degree and/or teaching certificate before he can get a full time job doing what he wants to do. Since I already have a Master's degree in my field of choice, I work full time. It will change as the kids get older.

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It just kind of happened this way. It makes the most sense for now, and we re-evaluate from time to time.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Mon, 06-30-2008 - 4:58pm

Is your current work status (woh, sah, everything in between) because of practical reasons or philosophical reasons? Or a mixture of both?


it depends on who you ask,lol.

 

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Registered: 08-08-2006
Mon, 06-30-2008 - 5:31pm
I'm glad I read ahead before I responded. I'm in total agreement. Nothing set in stone, just go with what's best for all of us. We've done just about everything: ftwohm, ftwohd, sahm, sahd, ptwohm, and ptwahm. We are both currently ftwahs.
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Mon, 06-30-2008 - 7:32pm

>Is your current work status (woh, sah, everything in between) because of practical reasons or philosophical reasons? Or a mixture of both?<

A mixture of both. I have always worked; except for one job when we were first married, all involved sewing in manner. Even when I was homeschooling the girls, I worked at home doing alterations and dressmaking. Sewing is as much a part of me as breathing. And in order to sew what I want to sew, I've had to make a living at it. Historical clothing is expensive.

>What are they? Have they changed as your children have grown?<

See above. The practical part is that dh has never been able to earn enough money for us to live on one salary. On the other hand, he has always sought out jobs/careers that make him happy. And him being happy and content in his work spills over into our marriage and family so I'm all for him being a career that will never pay enough for me to quit working. And besides, I would be working even it dh's career was enough for us to live on.

>How much time did you and your partner take to make each of your work status decisions?<

Have no idea. We would discuss it and then make the decision. The discussions are on going because of message board threads like this one. Or something that he heard, I read about, we watched on the news, in the newspaper, etc. Like life in general, it's not just a one time, set in stone, decision.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Mon, 06-30-2008 - 7:34pm

>Our overriding philosophy since becoming parents has been, "Let's give this a try. And if it's not working, we'll try something else". No set in stone, pre-determined path. No absolutes or musts. <

I said the same thing.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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