Who has an easier transition?

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Registered: 06-23-2009
Who has an easier transition?
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Fri, 07-17-2009 - 10:29am
Who do you think has an easier transition: the SAHM re-entering the workforce? Or the WOHM staying home for the first time? Why?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2008
Sun, 07-19-2009 - 9:54pm

That's not what we're talking about but I'd never describe the transition to motherhood as hard.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sun, 07-19-2009 - 10:02pm
What's BTW?













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Registered: 02-06-2009
Mon, 07-20-2009 - 6:21am
It's completely dependent on the ages of the children and the personality of the parent.
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Registered: 02-06-2009
Mon, 07-20-2009 - 6:41am

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I guess you can guess as much as you want, lol.

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Registered: 02-06-2009
Mon, 07-20-2009 - 6:52am
I agree.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-07-2009
Mon, 07-20-2009 - 7:54am

Correct, when someone is making a transition of their own choosing it is easier than a transition forced upon someone.

But easier does not mean easy. Even transitions of one choosing can have stress that goes along with. I cannot think of any transition in my life that did not.

Having stress related to change is normal, even when that change is chosen.

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Registered: 08-25-2008
Mon, 07-20-2009 - 4:45pm
Back to work
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 07-20-2009 - 10:44pm
Ah, thanks.
When the original question was posed, I was assuming that she was talking about a successful transition (i.e., the person had found a job after being home for years, or the person had a spouse that was able and willing to support the family on the spouse's income alone), and so I thought we were talking about acclimating to the day-to-day change in routine. Even if the person is happy about their new situation, which makes the transition easiER, there is bound to be a learning curve of some kind. Lots of things can affect how steep that curve is. I certainly don't think that a person can say that the transition is easier based on work status alone. (I'm just saying that, not saying that you were saying that.)













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Registered: 08-25-2008
Tue, 07-21-2009 - 11:30am

There's always a learning curve with any change.

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Tue, 07-21-2009 - 2:41pm

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I completely agree with that. The only thing I was disagreeing with is your statement a while back that "Neither transition is hard unless forced." Something can be hard and wanted all at the same time (a "welcome challenge").














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