SAH vs WOH Doesnt Matter

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SAH vs WOH Doesnt Matter
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Sat, 09-08-2007 - 8:19pm

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2005-05-03-parents-edit_x.htm

Excerpts taken from the book 'Freakonimics'.

SAH / WOH doesn't matter.

It makes a lot of sense.

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Registered: 10-17-2003
Sat, 09-08-2007 - 8:28pm

It's an interesting book. It also shoots down the idea that a college-educated SAHM is "wasting" her time. A college education is never a waste.

I don't SAH to make my kids turn out better. I SAH because I like it and because it makes our family life easier and more relaxed.

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Sat, 09-08-2007 - 9:04pm
Still the same correlation ~ causation argument. Nothing proved here, just a theory and not an overwhelmingly convincing one.
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Sat, 09-08-2007 - 9:19pm

aside the fact that this guy did a ton of research from decades of data....

ya... *just* a theory

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Sat, 09-08-2007 - 9:30pm
Forgive me if I question the both guys credentials. One is a journalist, another an economist. So yeah, just pop science. BTW - I, gut feeling, agree with a lot of it, but I'm not going to mistake it for peer reviewed studies.
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Mon, 09-10-2007 - 11:12am

One of my pet peeves is when people use op-ed pieces and try to pass them off as fact. It's an opinion. And of course, everyone is entitled to an opinion but let's call it what it is.

I think for all of us SAH or WOH does matter or we wouldn't have made the choices we did and feel so passionately about them. If it doesn't matter, there would be no debate.

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Mon, 09-10-2007 - 11:25am

It's an interesting book. It also shoots down the idea that a college-educated SAHM is "wasting" her time. A college education is never a waste.


ITA and I believe that even though a woman may sah with her kids, she is likely to enter the workforce at some point in her life, even if it is because she has empty nested and wants to.

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Mon, 09-10-2007 - 1:08pm

So yet another "exhaustive" or in this case "monumental" study that claims to prove one thing or another?

That said, sort of interesting bullets. Some *might* very well relate to SAH/WOH:

•Matters: The child has highly educated parents.

•Doesn't: The child regularly watches TV at home."

Interesting -- doesnt relate to SAH/WOH but definetly correlates to what I would think. Parents with higher education also tend to make more money than uneducated parents. Seriously more if you look at high school degree only vs. college degree...

•Matters: The child's parents have high income.

•Doesn't: The child's mother didn't work between birth and kindergarten."

Many dual WOHP families make money than families with a SAHP. So WOH SAH *could* matter here.

•Matters: The child's parents speak English in the home.

•Doesn't: The child's parents regularly take him to museums. "

Well clearly doesnt factor into SAH/WOH.

•Matters: The child's mother was 30 or older at time of the child's birth.

•Doesn't: The child attended Head Start."

Hmm. Not sure on this one! My own mother was early 20's and I've done fabulously for myself thanks very much:) Same as almost all the succesful exec's I know in my generation (I'm 38). Probably not so much the younger one gets....as the marriage/children age rises.

•Matters: The child's parents are involved in the PTA.

•Doesn't: The child is regularly spanked at home."

Hard to participate actively in PTA with dual full time WOHP's. But of course not impossible.

Bottom line -- I'd agree with this study. Its more about who you are, vs. what you do. Its the whole "when and where I enter" theory of socioeconomics.

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Mon, 09-10-2007 - 1:14pm
I think a lot of us start off thinking that it will matter more than it ultimately seems to.
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Mon, 09-10-2007 - 1:22pm

But do you feel passionate about any other mother's work status?


I can tell by looking at a handful of factors, usually, why a particular person chose her work status.

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Mon, 09-10-2007 - 1:23pm
Why do you think brand new parents think work status matters more than they think it does later on?

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