SAHM vs. WOHM what do you love?

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Registered: 04-17-2008
SAHM vs. WOHM what do you love?
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Wed, 07-30-2008 - 3:05am

So, I've stumbled onto this page from the August Expecting Club and due to my own questions thought I'd ask those here their TOTALLY open and honest opinion...


I'm 25, DH & I are anxiously anticipating our first child and we are currently trying to decide whether I should be a stay at home mom OR work outside the home.


I've had several different career opportunities but nothing "professional" I guess you could say.


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 08-04-2008 - 9:03am
LOL, so either you homeschool or your kids are all younger than kindergarten age.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 08-04-2008 - 9:05am
A lot of us don't WOH in places with such difficulties with taking vacations.

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Mon, 08-04-2008 - 10:33am

I'm guessing....no school age children or homeschool, correct?

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Mon, 08-04-2008 - 10:34am

I should have read further down, lol.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 08-04-2008 - 10:43am
This total control will end as soon as your kids are in school. Then you will discover (unless you homeschool) that the school system has total control over your life. You will have to get up in time to get your kids to school or on the bus. You will have to drop what you are doing at some time of the school's choosing to either pick them up or get them from the bus stop. Same deal if they enroll in activities.
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Mon, 08-04-2008 - 10:45am

It's great that your children allow you to sleep in. Around here, the kids get up at 6:30am. Not all jobs are like you portray them. I don't have to get up early to go to work; I get up early because the kids do. School starts at 8am; I don't have to be at work until 10am. I take my vacation in the late fall or in the winter; I can't take it during the summer. I get paid for lunch so no one standing over me to make sure I don't take more time than allowed. Although sometimes I'm reminded to take lunch. There is no time when you have total control over your life. There are always other people to take into consideration.

Chris

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Registered: 02-05-2008
Mon, 08-04-2008 - 11:26am
Well, ofcourse I'm using generalities..I'm just using *MY* experience from having worked in the corp world for many years. Really, unless you own your own business, someone else has total control of your life. No my kids aren't school aged and most definitely will not be homeschooled. I know there will be things going on once they start school but those things are just a part of being a parent. Having those restrictions (with kids) AND having to deal with WOH and the rules that go on at a job would be a double whammy.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 08-04-2008 - 11:30am
but you know....life is life...there's always going to be something in your life that helps dictact your schedule -- the school year is the biggie -- it drives EVERYTHING -- WAY more than my job does -- I get 3 weeks of vacation plus holidays plus sick time plus a week off at Christmas when the theater closes -- but even if I was home I"d still be taking off the same times of year when Liza's not in school.

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 08-04-2008 - 11:36am
But when you WOH, you can sometimes make yourself free of some of the restrictions, like school dropoff or pickup.

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Registered: 11-08-2006
Mon, 08-04-2008 - 11:42am

no "double-whammy" here.

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