What is a considered a SAHM?

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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What do you consider a stay at home mom? If a mother works while her child/ren are at school but she is home when they are (after school and vacations) is she still a Stay at Home Mom? What if she works nights after her child/ren are in bed but is home before they wake up?

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Tara - posted on 05/02/2012

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I think both of the situations as working moms, unless we are talking 10 hours a week or less. I had a job where I worked only about 6 hours a week, and I brought my kids with me. I considered myself a sham because the time away from home working was limited. I know a mom who drops her daughter off at school, goes to work, then is in carline to pick her daughter up. She is a working mom. I also know work at home moms. Even though she is home her attention is not on her kids during that time. My neighbor was working nights 11 to 7. ... She still had to arrange child car while at work.

Julie - posted on 05/01/2012

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It doesn't really matter what you call yourself... you are a working mom - and that is o.k. if you do not have a husband to support you -

I did it for almost 29 years when I lost my husband with no Life Insurance... I did what you do - worked while they were at school and nights at the Hospital -

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Eh, I'm not too particular with it. I guess if the mom works part time and is caring for the kids the bulk of the time, I'd say she was a sahm. A lot of mom's work during school and don't have any less time for their kids than a traditional sahm--except not being quite as focused on the kids in the evenings since there is still cleaning if she doesn't use a service for that. A lot of mom's go to work after the kid is in bed, but still spend the bulk of their waking day with the child--I think those moms would identify more with the lives of other sahm's than working moms.

I work part time, part of the year. During the part of the year I work, I flip & flop between calling myself a sahm with a paid hobby, and a working mom. I do get absorbed in my work, but I'm always home by the time J gets home, and I reserve a couple of days a week to run errands and clean while he's at school so I'm not playing catch-up when he gets home....

I don't think it really matters what the true definition is.

Brittney - posted on 04/30/2012

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I consider a stay at home mom as a home maker, one who cares for the children at home...but I think if the mom has a job outside of the home, then she is a working mom.

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