Her mom was a pretty much a SAHM. She did clean houses for extra money, but she didn't have a traditional job. She was able to be very involved with the school. She was PTA president; went on all the field trips; volunteered for pretty much everything. My BFF never had to stay at a baby sitter and never had to ride the bus.
My mom on the other hand worked. While she was my Girl Scout leader for a short time. She was only off one day a week. She attended maybe 1 PTA meeting the whole time I was in school. I had to stay with a baby sitter and then stay by myself when I got older. I had to ride the bus, and if I was sick I had to go to work with my dad.
As I got older the freedom of coming home to an empty house got me into trouble.
While both my BFF and I love our mothers and don't have any regrets from our childhoods we both want to do things differently.
My BFF is going to go back to work once her baby starts school. She says that she hated how involved her mom was with the school. She hated that her mom was always at the school and always home when she was home. She also was embarrassed that her mom cleaned other a people's houses for a living. She also told me she doesn't want to be like her mom, because now that she is grown and her mom is older, she has nothing to really do as is getting too old to clean houses.
I on the other hand, don't want my kids to be latch key kids. I don't want to work a 9-5 job like my mom.
I find it a little ironic that my BFF and I both feel our moms did it wrong and now that we are parents ourselves want to do things differently.