the value of having a SAHP

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Registered: 10-24-2007
the value of having a SAHP
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Wed, 02-13-2008 - 8:57am

Whatever your circumstances, and whatever your family's complex mixture of reasons for choosing to have a SAHP, or not....


do you see any value at all, for a typical child, in having a SAHP (either short term or long term)?


Even if in your family, the many benefits of having dual-WOHPs outweigh any potential benefits of having a SAHP (or if having a SAHP is literally impossible for whatever reason), do you actually acknowledge that that are benefits to be had by choosing to have a SAHP?


(on the assumption that the hypothetical SAHP is happy to SAH, and puts a lot into it)

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Registered: 09-04-1997
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 3:08pm
But the child DOESN'T have a SAHP situation. The child has a situation where he or she has parents who work outside the home without needing or wanting to use othercare. Not the same thing.
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Registered: 01-12-2004
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 3:14pm

I never said it had anything to do with the parent.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 3:17pm
My kids have pretty much a "SAHP lifestyle" don't they as they are either in school or in the nanny's charge during normal working hours?

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Registered: 01-12-2004
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 3:17pm

How is it different to the child?

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 3:18pm

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PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 01-12-2004
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 3:19pm

The "P" in SAHP is missing if nanny is the one at home.

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Registered: 09-04-1997
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 3:21pm
Do you not think that children know the differences between their mothers and their fathers?
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Registered: 06-27-1998
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 3:23pm

If a child has a "SAHP situation" that clearly brings the parent working status (or non-working) status into the discussion and definition.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 3:27pm

Does it matter when you're talking about the "SAHP lifestyle" for the children? Obviously it matters for and to the parents.


I was thinking the "SAHP lifestyle" means the kids are home when they're not in school, other than for activities, errands or playdates, rather than in a daycare setting outside of their home.


What does "SAHP lifestyle" mean to you?


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Registered: 09-04-1997
Wed, 02-13-2008 - 3:28pm
This discussion has gotten wierd. It seems to me that we're not talking about SAHPs at all, we are talking about not using daycare or babysitters or any other form of othercare. For instance, all the "value" of a SAHP seems to disappear once the kid starts preschool under this model.

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