Question about the labels
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|Mon, 02-04-2008 - 2:10pm|
I do not consistently identify myself as either a SAHM or a WOHM. I do not have paid employment, but I am out of the house about 15-18 hours a week, first to go to school, now to study for the bar exam. (I also study after the kids go to bed and on weekends). I have also been home during summers and semester breaks. I noticed that grateful does not identify herself as a SAHM, for reasons of her own. I've seen other women who are away from their kids more than I am away from mine but identify themselves as SAHMs. So...it made me curious.
How much time can you be away from your kids and home on a regular basis and still be a SAHM? Does the question of whether the label fits hinge at all on what type of care your kids are receiving when they are not with you?
Does the WOHM label require being paid for your work? Does it matter if you work 20+ hours a week doing volunteer work vs. being paid?
Do you attach value judgments to the labels? Do you take pride in saying you are a SAHM, and therefore would want to hold onto that label even if you started working 20 hours a week while your kids are in school? Would you continue to call yourself a WOHM even if you dropped your hours to 20? Do you attach judgments when others identify themselves as one or the other?
Just curious. TIA.