Reasons to SAHM when the kids are

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Reasons to SAHM when the kids are
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Sat, 04-12-2008 - 1:34am
in school..fulltime. It seems like to me that it's very much accepted in this society to be a SAHM when you have small children.(newborn to preschool/kinder). You are home to take care of your children right? I don't believe anyone really questions why you are being a SAHP and not working. It's almost a given why you don't WOH. However, what happens when you no longer need to take care of your children during the day b/c they are at school from 8am to 4pm (give or take, whatever the schedule is). I'm just curious to see how SAHM justify it when they don't have children to take care of. Do WOHM's think it's being lazy to be at home all day when you don't have children there?

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Thu, 04-17-2008 - 4:37pm

Your post is an example of one of the things I love about this board.

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Registered: 06-08-2007
Thu, 04-17-2008 - 3:33pm
I could have gone further in my career if I would have put more time into it. But I didn't want that level of responsibility and the pay would have only slightly increased. I guess I just enjoy the home stuff to the point where the full time isn't worth it to me.
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Thu, 04-17-2008 - 2:37pm

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Thu, 04-17-2008 - 1:08pm

"I enjoy just having evenings to relax with my BF, like you say, spotless house, laundry done and away, errands run, bills paid, dinner ready to go. Not having to start job #2 after working job#1 all day."


I do enjoy some of those things, even while WOH FT.

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Thu, 04-17-2008 - 12:06pm
Ok. From the responses on here, i get that this board is more about deciding to be a SAHM vs putting your kids in DC when they are young and deciding to WOH. It's not really about women not working in general. I was just curious. Like I've said, I'm a first time new mom, so these kinds of things never have crossed my mind before and just curious to see what people thought!.:-)
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Thu, 04-17-2008 - 12:05pm

i sah and plan to have an equally flexible schedule when all three of my children are in school f/t next year..i know few sahms who return to a job,some career f/t after sah with their children when they're small.

 

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Registered: 06-08-2007
Thu, 04-17-2008 - 12:01pm
I work 2 off shifts a week. I always want to be there in the morning before school/taking them to school and be there every afternoon right after school. Plus I can go on a field trip or if their class is doing something and they want parents to come, it's not a big deal vrs. rearranging a work schedule around. When they are sick or the many days off from school or the snow days, not a big deal.
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Thu, 04-17-2008 - 11:58am

Me too. I enjoy just having evenings to relax with my BF, like you say, spotless house, laundry done and away, errands run, bills paid, dinner ready to go. Not having to start job #2 after working job#1 all day.

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Registered: 06-08-2007
Thu, 04-17-2008 - 11:55am
I get that a lot. I work part time and I always get asked will I be going to full time when the kids are in school full time. Which is in a few months now. Nope. Not at all. The work I do at home is important. I do all the housework and child care, it takes a lot to keep a home running to the way I want it. Yes I could work full time and do it, but I am going to enjoy having some(not a lot) of down time. And not get burned out.
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Tue, 04-15-2008 - 1:42pm
Just attempted to send you an email via Ivillage, your profile. Hope it worked!

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