Stay at home mom or working mom??

Erinn - posted on 05/01/2009 ( 100 moms have responded )

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Are you happy with what your doing or would you rather do the other?

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Renee - posted on 05/07/2009

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I am a SAHM because I am disabeled. Personally I miss my job but I love being a SAHM too.

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I have been a stay at home mom for 13 years since I met and married my husband. I have been blessed to do it, but I am missing work. i feel inadequate at times an useless. I need to get back in the scene. I am looking for stay at home jobs if anyone can tell me any legit company, let me know. I need to set my mind back in gear and help with these hard times , I think my husband needs some help. I am computer savvy and although I I have not takin any computer coarses I am good with creativity in web design and I think i am an excellent writer. Keep in touch. Thanx

Charci - posted on 05/07/2009

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i'm actually both a stay at home mom and a working mom. I work as a nurse on weekends. I work 2- 12 hour shifts. During the week I'm home with my two boys. I get my oldest up and ready for school, and I'm home all day with my 3 year old. I like the way things are now. On the weekends they stay home with their dad, so we don't have to spend any money on daycare.

User - posted on 05/07/2009

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I'm a working mom, not by choice. Being an Army mom and Army wife is tough. My son is older now, but he's always know that when he sees the big green duffle bags, one of us was going away for a while. I think it's help him with gaining his independence and pushing him to be more self responsible, but it also has it's disadvantages as well.

Any other Army mom's out here??

Donna - posted on 05/07/2009

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Im a working mom, although, i have always worked in childcare and my daughter attended most of the settings that i worked in. I hated being away form her but i also liked having my independance and socialising. I couldn't afford not to work and it has helped with her social side in life to be with other children daily. I adore my daughter and she is very close with me but she is also secure at being left because it has been a regular occurance and she knows i always come back. I think with this question there in neither a right or wrong answer, it is what works for you and your family. Your child will be happy if your family is happy and as stress free as possible.

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Every women is different. My mum worked to provide for the family. In this day and age sometimes that is neccessary-was she a bad Mum- no! Some women like to be home- others need to work. We do it to please the people we love- there is no wrong in that...

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I work at home in making a home LOL. I am really happy at home with my little ones. We are a single income family and so far it is all good. If I had to work I think I would like to work from home...maybe as an proofreader or something? I like to read...My husband and I talked about this before we married. He likes working, I like him coming home to a warm house and the smell of dinner...he has studied to get a better paying job.

Jeanne - posted on 05/06/2009

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I have been both actually. After my mat leave was over with my daughter I had to return to work to support us both since I was a single mom and bio dad didn't give a hoot in hell. I was supposed to go back to work at the end of my mat leave with my son but they closed the branch of the company I was working for and since I didn't want to move 400 miles away I am now a stay at home mom. I sometimes miss getting out and interacting with other adults on a daily basis but I love staying home with my kids and seeing all the funny stuff they do and being the one who is there when they wake up from a nap and who kisses their boo boos. Would I go back to work at this time? No I would prefer to wait until they are both in school.

Tanya - posted on 05/06/2009

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I wish I had the option/opportunity to be a stay at home mom. Or at least work part-time. Money is beyond tight with me and my husband working full-time. In another life maybe.....

Morag - posted on 05/05/2009

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I have absolutely no choice but to work. I work 40 hours a week now. I lost my job when I was 8 weeks pregnant and we had to beg and borrow just to eat each week. It took me over a year to find another job...and within 3 months of finding one, my husband had his hours cut. In the time I was out of work we nearly lost our home, we have run up huge debts on our credit cards just on necesities like the electric bill, food bills, school books and shoes for the girls...and vacations... there wasn't even enough money to pay to feed the kids, let alone money to save on luxuries like holidays. ....there was NO state help in Spain for us. Nothing. So if I was to be a SAHM I would be incredibly selfish and irresponsible. Yes I would like to be a SAHM, who wouldn't, but to let my kids starve and live on the streets... what kind of life is that? if anything the social services would take them away, So I do find it quite offensive when SAHM who either do receive state handouts or are lucky enough to have husbands who can keep them in the way they are accustomed even with tiny sacrifices like yearly vacations that they have to save for, accuse working mums of just pawning their kids off on to other people, putting our careers before our kids, not being decent mums, and getting others to raise them.

My 15 month old can read the words Cat and Dog, speaks 3 languages, can count to 3 in spanish and say her ABC's to G, So shes not been neglected on the intellectual front. All my spare time I put into my kids. I even still breastfeed my youngest, breastfeeding is hard alone, couple working into that I think that makes me pretty dedicated to my kids considering most people who are SAHM, don't have the stress of work, don't breastfeed that long. I am actually a lot more proactive with my kids than a lot of my SAHM friends, because I feel I don't get enough time with them

I personally don't get any Pampering time... I go to work, I come home, I look after my kids and still have to do all the things SAHM do, just in less time and often staying up very late at night to do it, because I'm mum thats my job. In 2 years I have been out 2 times, once for my birthday and once for our anniversery... I'm a mum first and I feel guilty for going out and spoiling myself when my kids should come first. So it is unfair to say that I am not a 110% dedicated mother, just because the world has done me over, and I am not in a position to stay at home. Just because you are a SAHM doen't mean you are a good mum and anyone who uses that as an excuse to bolster their parenting abilities and make other mothers feel bad imo must feel guilty about not giving their kids their all.

Tracy - posted on 05/05/2009

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I was a stay at home with all three of my Children until my youngest reached 1st grade which was only 5 years ago, and it was the best decision for all of us yes money can be tight, but would it change if all my money went to daycare? I still consider myself a stay at home Mom as I am home when they all leave for school at 7 a.m. and I am home when they arrive at 3 p.m. after school I work for myself and only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. I didn't miss any of there childhood which is the best thing!

Stephanie - posted on 05/05/2009

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Do you enjoy working at home? Was it hard find a WAH job? I am new to the whole WAH experience and am having a difficult time finding something besides B2B or telemarketing. Any suggestions ??

Emily - posted on 05/05/2009

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Quoting Lindsey:

haha i always wondered why woman fought for equality..back in teh day so they could work and blah blah blah..what better job could u have than staying at home cooking dinner and making babies..what could be better! i dunno what..def not working in a dead end job doing something you hate...yeah stupid people back then thinking that working was a good idea..lol


Wow, I don't even know why I am replying to this drivel as I am sure it was posted just to start this kind of argument but- Yes, being a mother is an incredible opportunity. It is the best job in the world but every mother who also works is not stuck in a dead-end job nor is she uncommitted to her children. I have a mortgage payment, $21,000 in student loans, two children and the typical bills that come with life. We couldn't afford to live off my husband's income- he is in law enforcement it doesn't pay enough. The women who fought for equality "back in the day" did not do it so we could have the "right" to work a dead end job.  Some people enjoy their jobs. Mine is exciting and productive. I was able to stay home with both of my babies when they were little but now that I am paying off my Masters degree I know that I will not be able to afford to do it longer than three to six months with my next child. I am resigned to that. Some women aren't able to afford to take more than a couple weeks off. It's life. I personally love staying home with my babies- I don't enjoy making dinner or cleaning though. In fact I suck at both. I'd much rather be doing my out of home job than taking care of my house(wtih the exception of my garden). I don't think that makes me a bad mother.

Mel - posted on 05/05/2009

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Quoting Andrea:



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Quoting Melissa:

very happy being a stay at home mum at least until my kids start school. my mother in law (and i do not respect this decision but accept it) has been a stay at home mum since having kids and her kids are now in their 20's










Why would you not respect your mother in law's decision to stay home with her kids as long as she wanted?  It's not your life and it wasn't your decision to make.  I will be at home with my child(ren) indefinitely....maybe until they start school...maybe until they finish school.  We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.













exactly Joy it is not my decision. i was clear i dont respect this decision nor do most people (i get ppl asking what she does and telling me its a long time to be a stay at home mum). but i accept it its her life if she wants to be lazy its her choice not mine.









Wow to call your mother in law lazy.....at this point she is no longer a SAHM she's a housewife. If she can afford to stay at home why is she lazy? Does she sit around and do nothing? Or does she cook, clean, do laundry etc etc etc...? If her husband doesn't mind why should you? I respect ALL the working mothers, the stay at home moms and the housewives. YES RESPECT because they are doing what is right for them and not worrying about what other people say.



 



she is yes a house wife my mother and i disagree with many decisions she makes such as she will not come out to an appointment with me and my daughter if i ask her or will not even come out to lunch with us because her daughter works full time and she wants to bring her home for lunch every day. i think this is just a bit over the top but as you can tell we have a rough relationship for a long time now. yes as far as i know she does other things during the day and yes she does all the cleaning and everything. i do respect stay at home mums i think to be able to stay at home with your child and watch them meet their milestones as babies then grow up is amazing. however im sorry if it upsets people but i cant change my feelings on this





 

Martha - posted on 05/05/2009

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I am currently on maternity leave with my second, and I started working part time when I returned from leave with my first. I will go back part time when my baby is 3 months old. I am the best mom I can be because I work outside the home. I enjoy my job and I am good at it. My career is part of who I am; it is part of how I define myself.

On the other hand, my mother was the best mom she could be because she stayed home with us. I don't think the same answer is right for everyone. Each family has to decide what works best for them.

Andrea - posted on 05/05/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



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Quoting Melissa:

very happy being a stay at home mum at least until my kids start school. my mother in law (and i do not respect this decision but accept it) has been a stay at home mum since having kids and her kids are now in their 20's








Why would you not respect your mother in law's decision to stay home with her kids as long as she wanted?  It's not your life and it wasn't your decision to make.  I will be at home with my child(ren) indefinitely....maybe until they start school...maybe until they finish school.  We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.









 






exactly Joy it is not my decision. i was clear i dont respect this decision nor do most people (i get ppl asking what she does and telling me its a long time to be a stay at home mum). but i accept it its her life if she wants to be lazy its her choice not mine.





Wow to call your mother in law lazy.....at this point she is no longer a SAHM she's a housewife. If she can afford to stay at home why is she lazy? Does she sit around and do nothing? Or does she cook, clean, do laundry etc etc etc...? If her husband doesn't mind why should you? I respect ALL the working mothers, the stay at home moms and the housewives. YES RESPECT because they are doing what is right for them and not worrying about what other people say.

Andrea - posted on 05/05/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



Quoting Joy:




Quoting Melissa:

very happy being a stay at home mum at least until my kids start school. my mother in law (and i do not respect this decision but accept it) has been a stay at home mum since having kids and her kids are now in their 20's








Why would you not respect your mother in law's decision to stay home with her kids as long as she wanted?  It's not your life and it wasn't your decision to make.  I will be at home with my child(ren) indefinitely....maybe until they start school...maybe until they finish school.  We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.









 






exactly Joy it is not my decision. i was clear i dont respect this decision nor do most people (i get ppl asking what she does and telling me its a long time to be a stay at home mum). but i accept it its her life if she wants to be lazy its her choice not mine.





Wow to call your mother in law lazy.....at this point she is no longer a SAHM she's a housewife. If she can afford to stay at home why is she lazy? Does she sit around and do nothing? Or does she cook, clean, do laundry etc etc etc...? If her husband doesn't mind why should you? I respect ALL the working mothers, the stay at home moms and the housewives. YES RESPECT because they are doing what is right for them and not worrying about what other people say.

Karen - posted on 05/05/2009

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I worked when my oldest was a baby then I decided to stay at home for a while. I went back to work when she was four years old and worked up until two weeks before my due date for my son. When I had him, he had colic so I stayed at home with them and ended up staying home the rest of their school and college days...There were a lot of sacrifices along the way but my kids are everything to me and are well worth it. I'm glad I did it. :-)

Michele - posted on 05/04/2009

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Im a stay at home mum now after working right through my pregnancy and the first 6 months of my daughters life, taking her with me and though I loved working being a stay home mum has made me more relaxed, happy and secure which has certainly rubbed off onto my bub! I have so much respect and aw for those mums who do work! Its a big job raising a baby and working!

Mel - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Joy:



Quoting Melissa:

very happy being a stay at home mum at least until my kids start school. my mother in law (and i do not respect this decision but accept it) has been a stay at home mum since having kids and her kids are now in their 20's






Why would you not respect your mother in law's decision to stay home with her kids as long as she wanted?  It's not your life and it wasn't your decision to make.  I will be at home with my child(ren) indefinitely....maybe until they start school...maybe until they finish school.  We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.





 



exactly Joy it is not my decision. i was clear i dont respect this decision nor do most people (i get ppl asking what she does and telling me its a long time to be a stay at home mum). but i accept it its her life if she wants to be lazy its her choice not mine.

Tara - posted on 05/04/2009

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My husband and I discussed this well before we had our daughter (now 13 months) and decided it was cheaper for us for me to stay home with her (no commute, daycare, etc costs). I did want to help with finances though, so I'm taking a course to work at home as a medical transcriptionist. Once I'm done, I'll be able to work full or part-time as I choose, so I'll be getting the best of both worlds. Since we're expecting our 2nd in September, this just makes me feel that I made the choice that was best for us.

Lindsey - posted on 05/04/2009

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haha i always wondered why woman fought for equality..back in teh day so they could work and blah blah blah..what better job could u have than staying at home cooking dinner and making babies..what could be better! i dunno what..def not working in a dead end job doing something you hate...yeah stupid people back then thinking that working was a good idea..lol

Lindsey - posted on 05/04/2009

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right now i am a stay at home mommy..and I LOVE IT...i love being with her everyday i had classes in college and i actually hated to leave...it was horrible and i couldn't wait to get home and kiss her and give her hugs..and ive been looking for a job for a while now and nothing seems to be working out of coming up so im wondering if im just suppose to stay at home..lol

Hannah - posted on 05/04/2009

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I have been a stay at home mom since my daughter was born (well since I was put on bed rest during my pregnancy) and I am so glad I have been able to. Money however is a pressing matter and I have been job hunting for night and weekend jobs...So she will be with daddy on weekends and not even know Im not home on the weekday nights. Its a blessing to be able to stay with my baby and I would do it for as long as it felt right, but now I gotta bring in some mula.

Helen - posted on 05/04/2009

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I am a stay at home mom and intent to stay that way. We have a 7 year old and a baby who is 4 weeks old. After my son started school i did look at working part time but decided against it as it would make it difficult to work around his school times. Im happy i made that choice and he is happy that he always has someone at home so he doesnt have to go to daycare.

Jannah - posted on 05/04/2009

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I believe that staying at home with your kids is the best thing you could ever do for them. In my opinion, raising children is the most important job that there is; that said, it is also important for us as mothers to have time to ourselves whether to pamper ourselves, reconnect with the "woman" and take off the "mother" hat for a bit to feel our best while we are raising the next generation! I myself also have the need to provide a better life for my family in whatever way I am able to and I would encourage any of you who are struggling with the decision of going back to work or staying at home to research some avenues of income from home! I have a home based business and I get the best of both worlds! It is defiantely worth it to be able to be there for the important times (first steps, recitals, ball games) as well as to be able to feel proud of contributing to providing a better future for your children. Make sure to choose something that you can feel passionate about and that you believe in and because us moms have a burning passion to make our babies life as good as it can possily be, we kick some ass in the business ring!!! Good luck with finding your balance!

Emily - posted on 05/04/2009

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i work part time,i love my kids but def need a break and talk to pple my own age also. And have extra pocket money. But you do whats best for you!!

Susan - posted on 05/04/2009

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stay at home is best,your kids are the most precious things in the world why would anyone want to give that up.you would miss out on so much like baby's fist steps & first words,I would'nt give it up for the world can't find it in myself to palm my kids off for someone else to look after.

Shreyna - posted on 05/04/2009

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I finished beauty school 2 wks before my baby was born. I will be working at hoem so I can be a stay at home mom and only have clients during nap time.

Patrice - posted on 05/04/2009

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Im a Stay at home mom and a working mom I have the best of both worlds so to speak and I love it. I love being able to saty with my kids through out the day taking them to the park,Or going to eat lunch with them at school. I also enjoy being able to bring money in without leaving my kids in a daycare or something. I love It :)

Chantel - posted on 05/04/2009

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i work full time and go to school part time in a distance learning program(was already enrolled when i found out i was pregnant). my husband also works full time. i don't consider either of us bad parents. my mom babysits my 7 month old while i work, and i don't think of her as raising my baby. i do feel bad and guilty that i work and study, and do at times worry that he will get confused and think of her as mom. However, if i didn't work my child wouldn't have health insurance, and to me it wouldn't be responsible to let him go without insurance or to expect taxpayers to pay for him to have insurance so that i can be with him all the time. i think its great for some parents that one gets to stay at home and the other makes enough to totally provide for the family. However, just because a parent stays home doesn't mean that they are the best or even good parents.


We no where near earn enough, as a matter of fact in the last 17 years of children and marriage we have almost constantly been below poverty level according to the government.  When we have had to, such as when my husband's company downsized 4 years ago, we have applied for help....but then again we also pay social security and Medicare taxes that we have never and probably will never see, but my grandmother is on both.  We are tax payers!



I don't think having a parent stay at home depends on your economic status.  We choose to go without to make sure our children have the emotional and physical support they need.  This also has lent to lessons of conservation for our children, they are not "haves" but don't seem to mind the used cloth shopping or the resale video games, socks and underwear for Christmas and so forth.  It isn't a choice, it is a lifestyle for our family.  W



We garden and grow our own food, my children know how to bargain shop and stay within a budget, cook from scratch and mend clothes.  They understand having to go without and feel blessed when we are able to splurge. 



My husband works full time plus, and is working through his bachelors 6 credits a semester, I am currently finishing up my first year as a nursing student.  In our marriage I have worked part time here or there opposite my husband's shift so a parent was home with them and owned my own business when my oldest was old enough to babysit.  My dad passed in 1998 and we were not blessed with grandparents who participate in their grandchildren's lives....



This has been our choice.  It means if we want to go on vacation we have to save up, it means some months we juggle things around, but so far we have made it with 4 healthy and happy children.  We are indeed blessed and I would go without the finer things or even the moderately nice things over and over in my life to see my children grow up the way I have!

Celeste - posted on 05/04/2009

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I would say stay at home mom is best, but be careful not to lose your identity,

Emily - posted on 05/02/2009

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I'm torn. I love my job. I really do. If I could afford to say home, though, I would in a heartbeat.

Amanda - posted on 05/02/2009

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i work full time and go to school part time in a distance learning program(was already enrolled when i found out i was pregnant). my husband also works full time. i don't consider either of us bad parents. my mom babysits my 7 month old while i work, and i don't think of her as raising my baby. i do feel bad and guilty that i work and study, and do at times worry that he will get confused and think of her as mom. However, if i didn't work my child wouldn't have health insurance, and to me it wouldn't be responsible to let him go without insurance or to expect taxpayers to pay for him to have insurance so that i can be with him all the time. i think its great for some parents that one gets to stay at home and the other makes enough to totally provide for the family. However, just because a parent stays home doesn't mean that they are the best or even good parents.

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I am a stay at home mom, of four, expecting my fifth...Money wise, I couldn't afford to work. Physically, I can't afford to work. And mentally, I would be a basket case knowing that my children weren't in my care. I love knowing when they are sick, being there for their firsts, and definetely not having to worry about money for babysitters....



We also homeschool our kids, and it's so wonderful to watch them learn. I wouldn't miss that for the world.

Rebecca - posted on 05/02/2009

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I feel that I get the best of both because with my job I am able to work evenings, which means we dont have to pay for child care and therefore only have to work 15hrs a week. So I get to be mum during the day and go to work and spend time with other adults on the evenings that I work. Also my child gets to spend quality time with daddy which they both love.

Angie - posted on 05/02/2009

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I have done both. I missed too much of my children's lives when I worked so, even though all my children are in school now, I am home again and I am happy with my decision.

Tami - posted on 05/02/2009

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I am so happy I finally have the opportunity to stay at home. I missed the crawling with my first child and my second is JUST about to start. I am so happy I am able to potty train my first child and see all the firsts of my second child. I don't want it any other way. I started my own business and though I have to keep taking breaks to feed and play, I am thankful of the time I spend with my kids. They are my world and I am thankful that I will take care of them and know they will be ok. It is scary letting someone else watch them in this world. They should be with their mommy. I was thankful I had a wonderful babysitter before we moved and I am thankful I can stay at home now. I think it will always pull on your heart that you are not there 24-7, but the first time you see them crawl and walk will be the first time for you. Think of it that way and you won't feel like you missed out so much.
Staying at home, I have to say, is almost harder than carrying on a full time job. It is amazing how hard it is.
I pray you will make the right decision that works for you.

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very happy being a stay at home mum at least until my kids start school. my mother in law (and i do not respect this decision but accept it) has been a stay at home mum since having kids and her kids are now in their 20's



Why would you not respect your mother in law's decision to stay home with her kids as long as she wanted?  It's not your life and it wasn't your decision to make.  I will be at home with my child(ren) indefinitely....maybe until they start school...maybe until they finish school.  We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Mel - posted on 05/02/2009

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ive posted to ur wall Erinn. i had no intentions of giving you a bad rep and sorry for saying what i thought which i now realise may have been wrong you have my deepest apologises x

Heather - posted on 05/02/2009

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I guess I am lucky to be in both of those categories. I work as a nurse and the shifts are 12 hours so I work less days than the traditional job requires. I work 3-4 days and I schedule myself around the needs of my family. I have days off in the week and the weekends, depending on what is going on. I am available to do lots of things with my kids but have a pretty good paycheck. I love what I do and consider myself very lucky.

Mel - posted on 05/02/2009

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very happy being a stay at home mum at least until my kids start school. my mother in law (and i do not respect this decision but accept it) has been a stay at home mum since having kids and her kids are now in their 20's

Monica - posted on 05/01/2009

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I have been working full-time. (Out of neccessity). I do regret not being at home with my children. I missed both of them begin to walk. I felt horrible. But I have learned that if I didn't work they wouldn't eat. I'm doing the best with the situation at hand. My children are now 16 and 13 and I feel I have done a wonderful job with support of course of family, friends and Daycare, Daycamp, and after school programs. I definitely can say that it takes a village to raise a child.

Chantel - posted on 05/01/2009

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When my children were younger I stayed at home with them, or when I did work I worked part time opposite my husband. That was really nice for him, because he got to spend alone time with the little ones, without me around, and they really had time to bond, it is some of his favorite times.



I enjoyed being around my children, as a matter of fact, we homeschool all 4 of them, so we are together a lot, but I also like being productive and giving to others. So when they were little and I wasn't working (I think I only worked a total of 6 out of the last 18 years if you put it all together) I volunteered.



I would volunteer whereever they needed me, which was usually as a classroom helper, but I also taught art and was a safety monitor. For the most part I would take the younger children with me if I could or sometimes someone would watch the older of the ones home and the baby would come with me. I just plopped him in the sling and off we went.

For about 2 years I volunteered as the afternoon safety monitor, baby in sling!



When the youngest got old enough, I trained and certified as a doula and worked with birthing families until we moved here, where 3 years ago I entered collage and was accepted into the nursing program.



I guess I just like to stay busy, but mostly I feel like to be a good mom I have to be well rounded and my children need to see me as a productive strong example. NOT to say that if I focused solely on my home they would see me different.....each woman is independant and this is how I see myself.

I have a friend who focuses solely on her home and children, down to planning what rooms she cleans on what days. Honestly, my house is almost always a disaster and I readily admit I am a horrible housekeeper.....

I guess with my ramblings I come to this; do what you love, give 100% to your children, don't worry about the "things" they are missing, because what they are taking with them is peices of you!

Parenting is work, the hardest and most exhausting work there is.....funny thing is, my husband says he wouldn't trade places with me for the world. He loves his children and spends as much time with them as he can...but he couldn't parent and run the house 24/7 and stay sane *grin* On the other hand, I was raised by my dad (who lost his vision right before I was born) while my mom worked full time. In our home that was a blessing because my mom has the maternal instinct of a tire (seriously!).

I see absolutely nothing wrong with a stay at home dad.....but I firmly believe that children deserve a parent in the home as much as absolutely possible!

Heather - posted on 05/01/2009

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I'm a stay at home mom, but I just started my own business recently! I became an Independent Pampered Chef Consultant! I love being able to set my own hours! I get to spend time with those who count the most!
So I'm loving both! What about yourself?

Antoinette - posted on 05/01/2009

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we had decided long before I had our son that I would stay home....I never regret that decision to this day. I get to experience everything first hand. The joy I get from staying home with my son is unmessurable and I would never change it for the world. Yes...I agree with Kayla, money is tight but dang it all it is worth it!

Heather - posted on 05/01/2009

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I worked when my Daughter was about 6 months till she turned a year. I missed her while I was at work, but she loved daycare and did really well in it. i am now a SAHM but have plans to opena day care in my home.

Alisha - posted on 05/01/2009

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I'm a stay at home mom and I'm definitely happy with it. Sometimes it's tough, but it's all worth it.

Maleasha - posted on 05/01/2009

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I'm a work at home mom. I've got the best of both worlds. When I was working outside of the home, I wished everyday that i could be at home with my kids, and when I first started staying at home, I really wanted to go back to work.



It took me a couple of months to get used to being at home full time. I love it now and couldn't imagine having to work outside of the home.

Kayla - posted on 05/01/2009

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I'm a stay at home mom and love it! I wanted to get a job after my son came home from the hospital, but then I decided to just stay home with him and it's the best decision I've ever made! Yeah, money is tight, but I have so much fun with my little guy!!

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