My husband used to take my work as a SAHM for granted...until he had to be the SAHD. I went back to school a year ago for a very intensive degree in vocational nursing. School was challenging, five days a week, sometimes 12-hour days if I was on a clinical rotation, and I had tons of studying and homework every day, even weekends. My husband basically had to start from scratch, he knew nothing about cooking, meal-planning, home repairs and maintenence, and he learned quickly that the life of the stay-at-home parent was not the do-nothing paradise he'd imagined. I'll say this, he also learned quickly to ask me for help in terms of advice on good recipe websites and how to fix certain things around here. Now, his meatloaf is better than mine and the laundry is ALWAYS done beautifully, but he still has trouble remembering to do the drain and air conditioner maintenence and he can't fix the septic system, that's still on me!
at 7:25 AM on Nov. 16, 2010