your decision to be a SAHP or WOHP?
With my oldest, I stayed at home with him for two weeks before working again (because that's how much time there was between the time I gave birth and when fall classes resumed). Was I a SAHM for two weeks? What if I gave birth on a Thursday and classes had started the following Monday? Would I have been a SAHM for those 4 days? How would that differ from when I only worked Mondays and Wednesdays, since in both cases I wasn't being paid during that 4-day period and in both cases I was an employee of the college during that 4-day period?
It would not affect my decision to be a WOHP.
An at-home parent (minus the "stay"), LOL. But I'll go ahead and agree with you there.
When it comes to the issue of long maternity leaves, though, I guess that one's status depends on whether one believes a WOHM is a WOHM because she is employed or because she gets paid, and on whether a SAHM is a SAHM because she is not employed or because she doesn't get paid.
And if one considers BOTH necessary for the title (a WOHM must be both employed and paid to be considered a WOHM), then it creates a bit of a pickle in discussing what to call someone who is employed but not paid. Maybe they're a WOHM because they are employed. Maybe they are a SAHM because they're not paid. Maybe it's not so simple as either one of those. :-)
It's an interesting question. For me being paid is an important component. When I was on maternity leave I didn't consider myself a SAHM. I had a job, I just wasn't there. I was getting short term disability pay and just like if I was out for knee surgery, I still had a job, was getting some pay, and considered myself a working mom. I also used up all of my vacation, and when I was a WOHM I didn't consider myself SAH when I was on vacation. I feel I became a SAHM when I quit my job. But I always planned to go back to work at some point, SAH was always a temporary proposition for me. It being temporary didn't preclude me from being a SAHM because the temporary period was not short, it was 3 years. It just means I am a SAHM with a plan.
I think if I had a year long maternity leave where they were holding my job and I was paid, I would consider myself a WOHM who was SAH for a year. Hybrid title.
The way I see it if you have a job that you are expected to report to then you are WOH. The length of time before reporting does not change that.
I don't work over the weekend and I am not paid over the weekend but they expect to see me on Monday morning. I am not unemployed, I am having a break in that employment.
When I worked for the school system I was off for the summer. They expected to see me when school resumed. I was not unemployed, I had an employer. I was having a break in that employment.
The same would hold true for maternity leave. If both I and the employer had the expectation that I would be returning to that job at some point then I would be WOH on a break. I have an employer. If I left that job with no expectations of returning to it then I would be SAH regardless of the length of time because I would have no employer.
But, IMO anyway, maternity leave has little to do with work status.