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November 12th, 2004, 08:29 PM
ranidae
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What do you think is the limit to being able to say you are a SAHM? Working part time while DH watches the kids, or going to school while DH watches the kids?
The kids going into daycare? Where do you see the limit to being able to proudly say I am a SAHM?
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November 12th, 2004, 10:21 PM
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The day you decide to enroll your child in activities.
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November 13th, 2004, 05:30 AM
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Well, Matthew is in preschool, but I still consider myself a sahm. I don't think that because I choose to involve him with other children & adults besides myself means I am no longer a sahm.
I have no paid employment outside the home, my classes are online or at night (so no different than if I had a girls night out once a week). I am here when the kids are sick and need to come home from school.

Personally, I think whoever coined the phrase "stay at home mom" had never been a sahm. With all the errands and running kids back & forth to school every day...I am rarely *home* anymore. I have about 1 week out of the month where it's appointment & errand free and I can actually stay home.
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November 13th, 2004, 08:10 AM
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Well, I think a SAHM is one who doesn't work outside of the home. As for going to school, you're a part time student and a full time SAHM.
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November 13th, 2004, 01:32 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by ranidae@Nov 12 2004, 09:29 PM
What do you think is the limit to being able to say you are a SAHM? Working part time while DH watches the kids, or going to school while DH watches the kids?
The kids going into daycare? Where do you see the limit to being able to proudly say I am a SAHM?
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I don't quite understand. Even before Liam came along and the big boys were in school fulltime, I still considered myself a stay at home mom. I don't have and outside job and I'm a mom. When my kids are gone from home ...... I guess I'll be just a wife! lol
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November 13th, 2004, 03:04 PM
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I personally define a SAHM is someone who takes care of her kids FT because they are home FT. At the point where kids are in school for most of the day and you are not working you classify as a homemaker imo.
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November 14th, 2004, 06:40 AM
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To me that depends then on why you are staying home. Are you staying home because you don't want to work? Are you staying home because DH can't take time off if the kids are sick? Are you staying home to keep the house up? Are you staying home so that when your kids do get home from school you can devote your energy to them? To me the only definite way to generally say someone is not a SAHM is once their kids are out of the house for more than 6 months of the year (ie college or moved out). I think everyone is different on precisely why they choose to stay home, and I definitely don't think having Riley in speech preschool 2 hours twice a week means I'm not a SAHM -- heck, I'm usually there with him the whole time!
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November 14th, 2004, 04:52 PM
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I think I will only be a SAHM until our youngest child starts school full time (not preschool) Once my boys are in school for a full day and I feel I am no longer needed at home during the day, I will return to school/work.
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