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Do most SAHM mums have a "skill"?

(34 Posts)
Gateau Wed 03-Sep-08 14:24:21

I'm not a SAHM - I work part-time, but most SAHMs I know are good at something. By that I mean making clothes, knitting, DIY, crafty stuff - something of that ilk. Just thinking, if I was ever to be a SAHM - which I am thinking about more and more- I don't really do any of this type of stuff.

FioFio Wed 03-Sep-08 14:24:54

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McDreamy Wed 03-Sep-08 14:26:03

I'm not very good at that fio sad but I can make a mean pavlova!!!! grin

Cappuccino Wed 03-Sep-08 14:26:09

lol at Fio

as I was explaining patiently to dh the other day, you get better at housey things because you do them, not because you were automatically fantastic to start with

sagacious Wed 03-Sep-08 14:26:14


Cappuccino Wed 03-Sep-08 14:26:34

anyway you are talking about lentil weavers, not SAHMs

different animals

mankyscotslass Wed 03-Sep-08 14:27:21


Twiglett Wed 03-Sep-08 14:28:24

I couldn't draw till I had kids, I'm actually pretty creative now

I couldn't bake till I had kids, I could wow you with a range of delicious range of delights now

I couldn't shriek so that the time stood still till I had kids...

Anna8888 Wed 03-Sep-08 14:28:26

I completely agree Cappuccino.

I really never imagined I would one day be so skilled at stain removal. Or choosing electrical appliances.


mankyscotslass Wed 03-Sep-08 14:29:05

OOPS, ds decided to hit return! Should have included "and Mnetting when I should be tidying"....does that count.

cupsoftea Wed 03-Sep-08 14:29:36

making cups of tea

FioFio Wed 03-Sep-08 14:30:25

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SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Wed 03-Sep-08 14:30:39

mnetting! and internet gaming and walking to the park wink

no i could always cook but never bake as i was never very keen on cakes etc <apart from the cookies my mate and i used to maek with nutella> but i make lovely cakes now when i dont get distracted while they are cooking that is.

snowleopard Wed 03-Sep-08 14:30:41

Ah Gateau I suspect you know that OP might be interpreted as just a teensy bit irrelevant-bordering-on-the-insulting by some...

I'm sure you realise, somewhere deep down in your granite heart that you don't actually have to be a cupcake-wielding bunting-o-phile to be a SAHM.

But anyway here goes. I'm Mrs Crafty myself - I make clothes, do all the DIY, I love quilting, I make my own jewellery too. I lurve to bake. I also work part-time and am very career-minded, love work and would really not want to be full-time SAHM. So no parallel so far.

crokky Wed 03-Sep-08 14:31:10

I like playing with toys with my toddler and baby. I don't think I have any proper skills, I am a crap cook but everything else in the house is OK!

TillyScoutsmum Wed 03-Sep-08 14:31:55

I'm shit at all those things.. I think I'm ok at looking after dd though - and the house isn't a total shithole all of the time

Gateau Wed 03-Sep-08 14:32:21

Twiglett, I am now taking more of an interest in drawing now I have a DS. Not sure I can do it though.
Thing is, some SAHM mums I know make the children's clothes, curtains etc... I would just feel a little inadequate for not being ablke to 'contribute' in this way. Daft maybe; I don;t know.

muggglewump Wed 03-Sep-08 14:32:38

arseing about Cooking
being a lazy cow Cleaning
screeching like a fishwife screeching like a fishwife sad

ComeOVeneer Wed 03-Sep-08 14:33:32

I agree with cappucino's post 100%. I had no more idea how to keep a house running smoothly than dh when we first got together (in fact he was a better cook than me and cooked all the meals back then). However once he got that ring on my finger he decided he no longer needed to impress me wink

I am pretty good at most creative stuff - although I am turning it more into a career rathr than a sahm hobby/skill.

pagwatch Wed 03-Sep-08 14:35:41

ROLF at Fio.

No. That is a great pile of horse pooh.
I am a great mum but I tend not to make stuff. My husband is a better cook than me. I don't do polly pocket and paint your own tea sets.I don't knit - how can one knit and hold a wine glass ? I wear fuck off heels and I like shopping and reading and music. And if there is decent sport on the tv then the kids can go and play until it is over.
People are not stereotypes. People are people.
Work or don't work. But be yourself

SingingBear Wed 03-Sep-08 14:36:55

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Gateau Wed 03-Sep-08 14:38:29

Good one, pagwatch. Made me laugh about the knitting and wine.

Surfermum Wed 03-Sep-08 14:39:13

Oh .... was just composing a post in my head but pagwatch has said more or less what I wanted to.

southeastastra Wed 03-Sep-08 14:43:17

i find i have no time for crafty things, most spare time is spent fixing the car, fixing the house, driving elderly relatives about, gardening, plumbing - all the exciting fun projects. hmm

Peabody Wed 03-Sep-08 14:46:21

I can't do anything useful whatsoever.

But my internet shopping skills have greatly improved since I became a SAHM.

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