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So what should we call ourselves and each other then?

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Goldmandra Sat 23-Aug-14 12:49:53

Let's stop moaning about terms we don't like and looking for reasons to take offence and see if we can find terms we like better for parents who go out to work and those who don't, shall we?

I'll start the ball rolling with some, admittedly dreadful, terms for those of us who are currently referred to as SAHMs.

EBTBWC - Employment break to be with children
CBTBUO - Career break to bring up offspring
OEB - Offspring Employment Break
BWOR – Being with offspring role
BLAC - Busy Looking After Children
CSR – Childcare substitution Role
CBUO – Currently bringing up offspring
COW – Childminding own children
COCH – Career on childcare hold
SAHBSGOWHBNEP – Staying at home but still going out, working hard but not employed parent
STUF – Slave to under fives

Who wants to kick us off with some ideas for WOHM?

You never know, we might find some terms we all like smile

KingJoffreysBloodshotEye Sat 23-Aug-14 12:56:10

What about me?

I work nightshifts at the weekend but stay home during the week.

I insist upon my own special name


Goldmandra Sat 23-Aug-14 13:06:37

Should your name should incorporate a superhuman ability to cope without sleep, King?

placidjoy123 Sat 23-Aug-14 13:06:45

The risk of offending another is simply too big. The only solution is to tip your head slightly to one side and give a very wide eyed slightly mad person smile.

I do this in answer to almost every question I'm asked.

This is why I'm placid AND joyful.

Who's with me? Anyone? Anyone??

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Sat 23-Aug-14 13:10:26

I'm proud to be a FLFL

(Free Lance Free Loader)

finallydelurking Sat 23-Aug-14 13:13:27

I strangely like COW grin and I'm a SAHM (well I work part time now, but was for years)

placidjoy123 Sat 23-Aug-14 13:22:44

Gold, my favourite from your list is "BLAC". Busy Looking After Children. When working mums get annoyed at this we can get all Ali G at them and say "Is it cos I is Blac? "

GarlicAugustus Sat 23-Aug-14 13:28:08

I'll make a few up for myself.

BAD - broke and disabled
DABBIE - disabled and broke, bored, isolated elderly
SOW - single, older woman
COOW - cat-owning older woman
OWWACAC - older woman with a cat and computer
PITA - persistent internet activist (pain in the arse)
UDDER - unemployed, disabled, divorced elderly resident
LIFT - low-income female tenant
SOAP - stylish on a pittance

I'm not quite elderly yet, but the E comes in handy.

lettertoherms Sat 23-Aug-14 13:28:46

I have to say, I'm fond of COW from that list.

King, what about a WWWWOOW? Weekend Worker with Wee Ones on Weekdays?

GarlicAugustus Sat 23-Aug-14 13:31:27

I want to be a FLFL, Hot!

we can get all Ali G at them and say "Is it cos I is Blac?" grin

SugarSkully Sat 23-Aug-14 13:31:32

i'm a weekend worker/weekday SAHM

KingJoffreysBloodshotEye Sat 23-Aug-14 13:33:36


Yes, I like that!


GarlicAugustus Sat 23-Aug-14 13:35:48

OWOWN - only works on weekend nights?

GarlicAugustus Sat 23-Aug-14 13:36:11

xposted with all the Os & Ws smile

Goldmandra Sat 23-Aug-14 13:42:54

I am strangely attracted by COW too blush

WWWWOOW = King and Sugar

GarlicAugustus Sat 23-Aug-14 13:43:47

SASOOH, NAHBAM - Saturdays and Sundays out of home, normally at home being a mother?

RJnomore Sat 23-Aug-14 13:45:59

Shouldn't COW be COC?

RJnomore Sat 23-Aug-14 13:47:37

PEBISMATT - paid employment but I'm still a mother all the time

windypolar Sat 23-Aug-14 13:47:55

I'm a full time home educator. So I do sahm (I don't like that one) role and work full time as a teacher, though unpaid confused

Goldmandra Sat 23-Aug-14 13:49:45

Shouldn't COW be COC?

Oh yeah! blush

Perhaps it's not so attractive now shock

ThomasLynn Sat 23-Aug-14 13:52:29

I am YMSTAMW, CACA- Young Mother Studying To Avoid Minimum Wage, Can't Afford Childcare Anyway.

NinjaLeprechaun Sat 23-Aug-14 13:57:26

STUF – Slave to under fives
How about "Slave To Five and Under"? The acronym flows better - that way when somebody asks you what you do all day, you can tell them STFU. grin


(Slightly Older Sad Git With Dodgy Knee Whose Kids Have Grown Up And Left Home But Pop Back Occasionally To See Mater And Collect Post. We are many in number)


lettertoherms Sat 23-Aug-14 13:59:19

TOCAH - Teaches Own Children at Home

GarlicAugustus Sat 23-Aug-14 14:07:19

COWSHIT - cynical older woman, should have interesting tales

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