Is SAHM a Job?

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Is SAHM a Job?
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Wed, 08-24-2011 - 3:37pm

I recently started reading stfuparentsblog and fell in love with it. The blogger pokes fun of parents from submitted facebook and twitter updates. She's a real riot to read, probably because my kids are older and I've been out of the 'mommy' stage for a while now and I'm beyond taking any of it personally. It could be found offensive a little, though I think she touches on some of the subjects discussed here often.

Recently, the blogger made a guest post at mommyish asking, Can Stay-At-Home-Moms Say That They Have Jobs?

So, what do you think? Is being a SAHM a 'job'?

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Thu, 08-25-2011 - 8:17pm

So not my experience as a sahm.

Chris

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

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Thu, 08-25-2011 - 10:49pm

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Registered: 12-30-2006
Thu, 08-25-2011 - 11:09pm

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In the case of SAHM, the answer is no. For some of you, this may be very bad news indeed.>>

You mean that SAHM's are supposed to be all upset because you don't define what they do as a "job"? Hmm. Somehow I don't think it really effects them one way or another.

My definition of a job is something that, if you quit doing it others would be in trouble. I think most SAHP situations fit that description!

*Edited for content and to add the following:

Other peoples' opinion of what we do should have no bearing on how we perceive ourselves.

Our own experiences are just that- our own, they don't necessarily reflect those of other people, so generalizations are short-sighted and egotistical.

As far as the "rather" debate goes, I agree with tryingtoquit: <

--Wendy
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Registered: 08-22-2009
Thu, 08-25-2011 - 11:18pm

"BTW- my definition of a job is something that, if you quit doing it others would be screwed."

Then I guess I have never had a job in my life. Me leaving places of employment have never left others screwed.

Also me leaving the SAHM world also never left anyone screwed.

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Registered: 06-06-2000
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 5:45am
It may not be considered a job, since you don't get paid, but it's a lot of work. I have a FT job and 2 kids, and trust me, after a couple of days at home cooking, cleaning, etc., I'm SO ready to go back to work just to get a break! At least there, I can pee alone.
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Registered: 05-31-2011
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 8:19am

It would seem there are multiple definitions of 'job' and I think they are all valid.

I wonder how you all would define the difference between 'job' and 'career'? And if you consider SAH a 'job', are you using that term interchangeably with 'career'? Or, do you consider your job as a SAHM finite?

My mom stayed at home with me until I was six. Did she quit her job for something better?

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 9:18am

i think better is subjective and i think it really depends on what you mean by that.

 

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 9:41am

Is every stage of child development critical?

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Fri, 08-26-2011 - 9:50am

The "problem" also lies in the English language and American culture.

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

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Fri, 08-26-2011 - 9:54am

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