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Would you work if you didn't have to?

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Nanananananagigglebiz Thu 29-Dec-16 20:03:03

What it says in the title really

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Lovelybangers Thu 29-Dec-16 20:04:21

No. I don't have to so I don't.

reader77 Thu 29-Dec-16 20:06:43

Yes - I'd continue to do my job but wouldn't be reliant on my income. I love my job.

reader77 Thu 29-Dec-16 20:08:05

Yes - I'd continue to do my job but wouldn't be reliant on my income. I love my job. I like the feeling of purpose, being productive and contributing something positive to the world.

Hassled Thu 29-Dec-16 20:09:32

We're not reliant on my income - it pays for the extras rather than the necessities, IYSWIM. So I could potentially give it up. But I was a SAHM for quite a while after DC4 and by the end of it I was bored silly and pretty lonely - I know it suits some people but it just didn't suit me. I'd rather keep working.

KP86 Thu 29-Dec-16 20:10:31

I am, because I like being challenged.

However, that's not to say that there aren't days where I think 'fuck this', and want to do nothing more than stay in bed or binge watch Netflix instead of going into the office.

I haven't worked full time for around three years and am ramping up hours at the moment, it is hard to get into the swing of it.

SallyGinnamon Thu 29-Dec-16 20:10:32

No! But we need my extra money sad

SheldonsSpot Thu 29-Dec-16 20:11:22

Same as above, my income buys all of our extras. DH earns 4 x my salary. We could manage quite happily without my income.

However I would never put myself in the vulnerable position of being financially reliant on anyone else.

If I won the lottery I probably wouldn't work again.

KP86 Thu 29-Dec-16 20:11:23

I also like the idea of contributing to our household. I know DH values what I bring already, but it's good to take the pressure off a little.

thenewaveragebear1983 Thu 29-Dec-16 20:12:10

I gave up work because, after dc3, we could manage financially on dh 's income and my wages would have been virtually wiped out by childcare and after school clubs for 3. But I miss it terribly and am thinking of going back

SummerSazz Thu 29-Dec-16 20:13:25


pklme Thu 29-Dec-16 20:14:01

I need some financial independence from my husband. I do loads of voluntary work, and have no trouble staying productive and purposeful. I work so that I can spend money on myself or my husband without feeling uncomfortable.

If I was independently wealthy and single I wouldn't do paid work, though I would do voluntary/community work.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Thu 29-Dec-16 20:14:37

No, I would have hobbies and travel.

Orangebird69 Thu 29-Dec-16 20:14:50

Yes I would. I dont need to and am currently a sahm but christ almighty, it's boring sometimes. I day dream about having a little part time job I actually enjoy. But then I think about handing ds over to a nursery or whatever and I can't do it.blush

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Thu 29-Dec-16 20:15:36

I have trouble fitting work in.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 29-Dec-16 20:15:38

Hell no!

SheepyFun Thu 29-Dec-16 20:17:07

Yes - we could afford for me not to, but it seems very unwise to rely on my husband's ability to work for the next 20-30 years. He could be made redundant/become too ill to work/die young/leave (the middle two are, given his medical history, not entirely unlikely, and anyone can be made redundant. I don't think he plans to leave!) Plus it's good for my mental health in lots of ways. I'm very lucky to have a part time professional job with pleasant colleagues; I might have made a different decision in a different job.

EmmaC78 Thu 29-Dec-16 20:17:16

I would probably still work but would reduce my hours.

cheekyfunkymonkey Thu 29-Dec-16 20:17:22

No. Not for a second, but that doesn't mean I would sit on my arse watching daytime telly, o would contribute to society in other, better ways.

refusetobeasheep Thu 29-Dec-16 20:18:44

Yes. Or something similarly mentally stimulating.

braceybracegirl Thu 29-Dec-16 20:18:53

Yes love my job.

TweedleDee3TweedleDum Thu 29-Dec-16 20:19:07

I wouldn't continue with my current professional role, however I would likely to some sort of volunteering in a similar environment. That being said, when DC are of school age, I do think I would return to my career.

Reality is, I can't afford not to work, so I return from mat leave in January.

ChardonnayKnickertonSmythe Thu 29-Dec-16 20:19:22


TweedleDee3TweedleDum Thu 29-Dec-16 20:19:30

*to start

User543212345 Thu 29-Dec-16 20:19:35

No. I don't have to work as DH outearns me considerably. If I were to work all we would have is more holidays/more savings and we're ok on that front already. I hated my job and it made me ill so I left it some years ago in spite of having no DC. People get a bit stroppy about me not working but my job was destroying me and our marriage. It gave us more disposable income (we are far from destitute without it) and me carrying on seems futile. Now I look after DH and have hobbies. It's a small, quiet life but it keeps us on an even keel. And it means we don't have to manage two busy people's work diaries for holidays smile

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