What do SAHMs do all day?

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What do SAHMs do all day?
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Mon, 10-14-2013 - 3:59pm

It was a question such as this that prompted  the male author to write the following article in the Huffington post.  He is tired of working moms of putting down his wife because she is SAH: 

Look, I don't cast aspersions on women who work outside of the home. I understand that many of them are forced into it because they are single mothers, or because one income simply isn't enough to meet the financial needs of their family. Or they just choose to work because that's what they want to do. Fine. I also understand that most "professional" women aren't rude, pompous and smug, like the two I met recently.

But I don't want to sing Kumbaya right now. I want to kick our backwards, materialistic society in the shins and say, "GET YOUR FREAKING HEAD ON STRAIGHT, SOCIETY."

This conversation shouldn't be necessary. I shouldn't need to explain why it's insane for anyone -- particularly other women -- to have such contempt and hostility for "stay at home" mothers. Are we really so shallow? Are we really so confused? Are we really the first culture in the history of mankind to fail to grasp the glory and seriousness of motherhood? The pagans deified Maternity and turned it into a goddess. We've gone the other direction; we treat it like a disease or an obstacle.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-walsh/youre-a-stay-at-home-mom-_b_4086126.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular
I also found the last couple of paragraphs interesting, he was talking about how it doesn't matter who is busier and why we try to keep score.
Any thoughts on the article?

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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 7:36am

thardy2001 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">bordwithyou</em> wrote:</div>If you all have cell phones you are hardly making do with one telephone. We have no landline and no televisions at all, but I think we are unusual in that. I think most middle class Americans have most of the things I listed.</blockquote></p><p>Interesting question.  Most Americans no longer have a landline phone ~ http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2013/09/05/about-1-in-3-households-has-no-landline-phone/</p><p>(I'm not going to bother looking up televisions. <img src="/forums/sites/all/libraries/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-wink.gif" alt="Wink" title="Wink" border="0" />)</p>

Out of curiousity, how do you take those numbers and come up with "most Americans have no landline?"  The link says 71% of households DO have a landline; the headline says 1 in 3 do not.

I think it will be the case in five to ten years that most American households will have no landline, but if those stats are right, more than two out of three households still do.

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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 7:38am

thardy2001 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">bordwithyou</em> wrote:</div>  I didn't "conclude" she had one shared bathroom and one shared phone.  I asked, and that's what she said.  We asked about cell phones but she hasn't responded yet.&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>I can't imagine Morty doesn't enjoy all the finer things in life.  I don't think any of us imagine her with a single landline, lol!</p>

Well, since she SAYS she only has one landline, and she says she doesn't lie, I don't have any reason to imagine her with a second landline.

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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 7:56am
Psst morty, DD1 woke up extra early this morning.. When I asked her what the hurry was she said she needed to be at school by 7 for a practice psat..... OMG, I never knew but I got her up there on time, that's my mommy contribution for the day, Lol.

 


 


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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 7:59am

 I'm not surprised some see horse/horseback riding as high society, Major players and dignitaries own their own ya know.  My husband's family is far from that and they owned two (maybe three over the course of his childhood).   They know much more about them than you or anybody that just borrowed a horse for status or kicks. 

 

 

 


 


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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 8:01am
We didn't have a "party line". What is that?

 


 


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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 8:11am

jamblessedthree wrote:
We didn't have a "party line". What is that?

A party line is when more than one customer is assigned to the same local loop.

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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 8:12am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p> I'm not surprised some see horse/horseback riding as high society, Major players and dignitaries own their own ya know.  My husband's family is far from that and they owned two (maybe three over the course of his childhood).   They know much more about them than you or anybody that just borrowed a horse for status or kicks. </p><p> </p><p> </p>

Thank you for this fine example of "keeping up with the Jones" and judging status by materialistic criteria.

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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 8:13am
LOL thardy, great visual!

 


 


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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 8:59am

bordwithyou wrote:
  I didn't "conclude" she had one shared bathroom and one shared phone.  I asked, and that's what she said.  We asked about cell phones but she hasn't responded yet.</p>

She simply copied the bold phrase she used in her original post.  You and Savcal really thought that Morty had no cell phone....even though she had earlier clarified she had a cell phone??? 

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Wed, 10-16-2013 - 9:00am

bordwithyou wrote:
  Out of curiousity, how do you take those numbers and come up with "most Americans have no landline?"  The link says 71% of households DO have a landline; the headline says 1 in 3 do not. <br /><br />I think it will be the case in five to ten years that most American households will have no landline, but if those stats are right, more than two out of three households still do.</p>

Yah, I don't know how I got there.  That was pretty bad. Wink

Black is white, night is day, up is down.  Sorry, I thought I was in Congress today.

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