Job, career, or just life?

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Ok I just read something and just want to know what others think...Is being a SAHM a job, career, or just life? I'm not trying to start a debate just interested in how others feel. Personally I think of being a SAHM as a career.

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Its my 24/7 job mon-sat career and sunday its just life :) haha great question, but not sure if any or all fit.

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Interesting question!
I consider it a lifestyle. I love being a sahm and do not really consider it "work".
It is definitely not a career, and I do not think it is A job, but more a culmination of jobs / responsibilities....

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Stifler's - posted on 06/23/2011

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I hate when people say I need to finish uni and get a job and all this. My kids are like 1.5 and 1 month old. I will finish when I feel they're old enough for daycare. It's not like we're eating out of dumpsters and I'm selfishly sitting on my ass at home while my husband makes minimum wage either.

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Thanks girls! Some wonderful points have been made. Lifestyle is the way you run your life, so I can see that. I say its a career simply because my MIL said I needed a job and I said I dont need a job, I have a career lol and it just stuck.

Erin - posted on 06/23/2011

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Great Question! It's kind of torn in three ways. A career is something you do for life and grow in it and master it. A job is something you just kind of do till something changes or comes along. And it's definitely a lifestyle, a way of life that we all have preprogrammed into us. I like to look at it as a lifestyle mostly, because when you go down to basics it's the way we live. But then again you see 100's of posts as why SAHM's are sahm's. Everyone is in it for different reasons. Some choose to, some are made to. If you choose to, you'd most likely think of it as a way of life. If you were forced to (financially or for some other reason), it would probably feel like a job. I chose to, so that's why I see it as a lifestyle, but it's really all three wrapped into one. Again, great question!

Stifler's - posted on 06/22/2011

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I don't think it's work either. Since I can do whatever I like whenever I like with the exception of feeding the baby when she's hungry and Logan when he's hungry.

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Lol! Katherine, I didn't read your response before I posted--funny that we both chose "definitely" for our opposing opinions! I was not trying to be snarky or anything though :)

Katherine - posted on 06/22/2011

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Definitely a career! It's life long to raise your kids. A career is pretty much something you stay with for a long time.

Raising kids is a job too though. 24/7 no breaks. It's not just life. You can always choose not to be a SAHM. Go back to work....
Either way it's hard.

Stifler's - posted on 06/22/2011

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Yeah! 4 degrees celcius this morning. Not as cold as over there but still, who wants to change clothes and leave the house!!

Stifler's - posted on 06/22/2011

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Haha. I think of it as limbo until the kids go to school. I can't stand it some days. I feel sorry for people trundling off to work today, it's too cold for that.

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