I understand SAHMs. I never wanted my baby in daycare, and I am blessed to have a mom who helps me with childcare (she owns her own business).
I promise I am not being snarky, but how can you be a SAH WIFE? Do you not feel like a "kept woman"? Do you not feel bad, especially if your husband works a difficult job/overtime to support you?
My mom was a SAHM my whole life. When my sister graduated college, see decided to open a business (1) to give her something to do and (2) to help bring in revenue for her and my dad.
I could only see myself being a SAHW if my son needed "grandma" to help him with childcare. I couldn't see any other reason why *I* could stay at home without children and without contributing to my household.
Genuine question: why are you okay with being a SAHW?
ETA: I am genuinely curious. I am confused why so many women are put off by my question. I thought message boards were a place to get different opinions/perspectives than your own.
To those of you who have answered my question, thank you for helping me understand why you would choose this as a lifestyle.
I am working through my own issues with feeling like a "kept woman" even though I am in a rigorous degree program and we have a toddler we choose to not put in daycare. I wanted to hear from women who have a different perspective from me so maybe I could sort through my own feelings.
Again, thank you for your genuine responses.