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December 13th, 2011, 06:33 AM
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Vitals - Working moms are healthier, happier, study finds

Dont shoot the messenger please lol.
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December 13th, 2011, 08:45 AM
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I think this is the case for me. I would probably be depressed if I had to look after my DD all day, day after day. It just doesn't provide enough challenge and stimulation. On the other hand, I could see part-time work being a really good way to achieve balance, but I even question that because my weekends are not any kind of break these days. I love that I get to work from home and can still be very involved with her.
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December 13th, 2011, 10:38 AM
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I think it depends on the persons personality and goals.
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December 14th, 2011, 03:08 AM
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I can totally see that. While I loved every single moment of the year I had off for mat leave and would opt to be a SAHM in a heartbeat, I've always known that I couldn't do it without some degree of independent business and part time work. I had ppd, but beyond that, if I hadn't found ways to keep myself on the go while I was off work, I would not have survived. And a large part of my ppd revolved around a fear of losing my pre-mom career woman identity rather than being able to redefine it.

Shame that the article stops at depression though. Depression is the first of many other health issues that crop up at the same time generally speaking - and I think it perpetuates (unintentionally of course) the stigma that all SAHM's are frazzled and just plain housecoat wearing crazy people in the car pool lane.
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It definitely depends on the person... it mentions SAHMs are more socially isolated... and I suppose I'm not "isolated" since I'm around people all day at work, but I do feel very isolated from other moms. I can't join any playgroups and connect with other moms in my area since I'm at work every day. They don't do stuff on weekends I don't know how I'd be with no work, but I like the idea of working part time.
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December 14th, 2011, 06:32 AM
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Some of the comments on that article was bananas.
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December 14th, 2011, 06:57 AM
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It definitely depends on the person... it mentions SAHMs are more socially isolated... and I suppose I'm not "isolated" since I'm around people all day at work, but I do feel very isolated from other moms. I can't join any playgroups and connect with other moms in my area since I'm at work every day. They don't do stuff on weekends I don't know how I'd be with no work, but I like the idea of working part time.
DITTO!! I also agree that it depends on the person.
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It definitely depends on the person... it mentions SAHMs are more socially isolated... and I suppose I'm not "isolated" since I'm around people all day at work, but I do feel very isolated from other moms. I can't join any playgroups and connect with other moms in my area since I'm at work every day. They don't do stuff on weekends I don't know how I'd be with no work, but I like the idea of working part time.
I feel totally the same way! Sometimes I'm so envious of my SAHM friends who can go to storytimes at the library, playdates, etc. I feel so disconnected from other moms. I wish there was a playgroup on the weekends for working moms to connect. Haven't ever heard of one!
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I feel totally the same way! Sometimes I'm so envious of my SAHM friends who can go to storytimes at the library, playdates, etc. I feel so disconnected from other moms. I wish there was a playgroup on the weekends for working moms to connect. Haven't ever heard of one!
I agree with this completely! I wish there were groups for working moms to connect to other moms.
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December 15th, 2011, 09:33 AM
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I also agree it all depends on the person.

I personally could not be a SAHM 24/7 but I could do a part time job while they are in school!!
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