I feel it is. If there ever came a time my husband couldn't support our current lifestyle as well as our savings I would happily return to work.
For me, not when they were younger. I went back to work for a very brief period of time when my son was a toddler, and oh, man, was that nice! I got to go to the bathroom when I wanted to, by myself. I didn't even mind the traffic on the way home because I got time to myself! But once the kids got older, then, yes, for me it became something of a luxury. I found a way to work at home, not making much, but still here after school. I still volunteer at school, as well. There's a lot to be said about being at home when there are preteens and teenagers at home, but it's about time for me to get back out there and try to make better money now.
I don't think so ... but then again I don't think I'm technically a SAHM because I study as well.
Quoting NeverTooMany:For me it is. I get to stay in my home, comfortably, and do what I enjoy. Caring for my kids, cooking, baking, cleaning ( yes I enjoy cleaning)... doing my crafts, volunteering where I want etc. My husband has blessed me with this opportunity to be the parent and mother that i want to be.
For me it is. I get to stay in my home, comfortably, and do what I enjoy. Caring for my kids, cooking, baking, cleaning ( yes I enjoy cleaning)... doing my crafts, volunteering where I want etc. My husband has blessed me with this opportunity to be the parent and mother that i want to be.
Nope!! It is more work than most realize.
To me, it would be.
Yes and No.
For many SAHMs, it actually is hard work. They take on more than just "keeping kids alive" and tackle home projects, meal planning, shopping solo, errands, and chores as well. Often if she was working before there are sacrifices made on the way down to one income. Perhaps not getting her dream car, or buying more clothes on sale or at thrift stores since the kids will stain them up anyways and giving up an extensive fashionable wardrobe. (Though IMO all SAHPs should invest in at least a handful of outfits that make them feel classy or fashionable! You're a SAHP, but you're not dead or boring.)
Having the option to drop one income is a luxury many families don't have. And even with it being hard work, if house maintenance and being with your children all day are things you love then it doesn't feel so much like hard work. You gotta love what you do!
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