Looking for suggestions

Janet - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am a stay at home and a homeschool mom. I have had four sons and my last son will be graduating in two years. I was told here recently by my husband that while I did not need to get a job, i did need to find something to occupy my time during the day. That is where my dilemma has come in. We have been living in this little town for 5 years now and we still do not know alot of people. I am not real sure what I want to do and I am open to suggestions. Before they start pouring in there are a few things you will need to know. I LOVE DOGS, I don't like being around alot people, I have this trust issue thing going, and I do not want a job.

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Janet - posted on 01/09/2010

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Wow, these are some great ideas. I guess I forgot to mention that I have 6 dogs of my own right now. So fostering would probably not work. I am willing to give it a try but the man of the house is not to keen on that.

Susan, you got me to thinking about a trade that I could learn and then apply to my house. I have been informed by my son that I could learn construction and then start fixing up our house.

Thanks so much for the ideas that have been given. It was great.

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I have friends that are foster parents for dogs. When a dog comes into our local animal shelter, they call the all the foster parents to see who can take the dog until it is adopted. This particular shelter will take care of the shots and provide one bag of dog food. This may be a good way to occupy your time while helping out the community without having to be around too many people!

Susan - posted on 01/08/2010

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In my neighborhood, scrapbooking is the stereotypical mom-with-a-lot-of-time thing to do. (no odd hours, no people contact). I crochet as well, that's something that once you have the hang of it, you can do it while watching tv or something.
My mother-in-law, after her last son moved out, got a dog, and started calling him her 'baby'. Taught him house breaking and other commands.
If you still feel the need to do the kid thing, i don't know if there is a need in your community, but you could become a professional nanny. With experience as a stay at home and a homeschool mom, getting a job as a nanny should be a breeze.
If you can't or don't want a job at an actual shelter, become a personal dog walker, if you know any people who have dogs but work.
Maybe there is something that you always wanted to do, learn or take up but never got around to. Paint, learn another language, learn a trade

Carolee - posted on 01/07/2010

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Volunteer at the local pet shelter. I've always wanted to do that, but I have a fear of dogs. I think it would be perfect for you. Most of them let you set up your own schedule, so you can start off slow and add time if you want. If you go and ask if you can just play/feed/walk the dogs, you most likely won't run into a lot of people. I also crochet.

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