Hello there Is there anyone else like me? Of all my mum friends I dont know anyone else who is at home with kids kind of through choice. I didnt earn enough money to pay for nursery and then have any income at the end of the month. My husband earns an ok wage but he is no high flyer. We get by, and just dont spend on things we dont need... Anyway, I am finding it quite hard that people are quite dismissive and dont get why i am not working. Is it so wierd that I choose this? should I be busting a gut to run kids to school, nursery etc? I do need time-off which is hard to negotiate. But why am I feeling like an outcast?
Me too. I'm lucky, DH earns a good wage, so it's an easy choice, I suppose.
Plus I've never had a career that I'd love to get back to, or that earned decent money, only a succession of 'desperation' jobs designed to bring in cash as fast as possible when xh walked out of a job.
I suppose, in the future, when ds2 is old enough, I'll have to train to do something. I just don't know what. I like running a house.
I would love to be a SAHM. I made a compromise and now childmind so I can be here with DD and earn enough money to keep bills paid. If I had the opportunity to be a SAHM(with exception of being on benefits) I would jump at it.
If you are feeling down, write a pro / con list and it will help you feel more confident with your decision, plus, you will be able to rhyme off all the great benefits there is to being there for your kids should anyone try to put you down.
I wouldn't mind going back to work myself after 18 years but its not really possible. DH earns a very low wage and we struggle but dd needs us at home. But apart from MN I don't think I've ever come across anyone who might treat a SAH as an 'outcast'.
I like being a SAHM. There are lots of us around, if you start hanging out with them then they won't be dismissive!
I really recommend helping to run a playgroup or joining the local community association or some other volunteering to feel part of the not at work community.
p.s I don't generally find people dismissive of being a SAHM. I find some envious and some who say 'well done, it would drive me mad' and some who say 'you're doing the right thing' (normally older blokes) but none so far dismissive.
I work three days but only because I have just enough over at the end of the month to make a difference to us. I wish I didn't have to, I'd love to stay at home full time. Maybe the ones who are making you feel like this are jealous?
i would quite like to be a stay at home mum. I can't believe people are so rude about other people's choices. it really makes me angry! i have taken an easier job than i did before and find people are pretty rude. its quite surprising how unsupportive people can be. so you aren't the only one getting a bad reaction!! (even if to something different) some people say if i take offence then i must not be happy with it. not quite sure what i make of that. i think its still no excuse for people not being very nice. obviously the main thing is to do what i (or you) think is the best decision. when someone is rude, what about challenging them in some way? i think i might start doing this in future.
thank you all so much! I feel very reassured! I am just need to stand up for myself a bit more and have pride in my role! Outcast was a bit strong, I'm just feeling a bit different from my friends.. YOu have definatley made me smile!! xx
I'm a SAHM. Never thought I would be. When ds1 arrived though I couldn't find anywhere/anyone who would look after him to the point where I'd have felt happy to leave him. Finances didn't come into the thought process and we had a few very rough years. I'm quite proud that we did it - in a self-sacrificing way! Ds1 has grown into a lovely boy now and others have come along too so may have been influenced by cost further down the line. Can't wait to return to work when they're older.
I am a SAHM. I love it most of the time but it does bug me when people say 'You are so lucky to be able to afford to not work'
It is not luck, it is sacrifice. My Dh is self employed and works all hours and we have put off buying a house for now as I really want to be with my girls. My mom was a SAHM too and I just wouldn't be happy another other way til the girls are older.
I am LUCKY that I have a DH who supports me in this decision.
If you are happy with the choices you and your family have made, then good luck to you. My only note of caution would be: don't let your H or P start thinking that because he earns a monetary income and your contribution is doing the childcare which allows him to work the necessary hours, he is your boss/owner and you should obey him. The most straightforward way to avoid this trap is to make sure that both you and he have the same amount of child-free, chore-free time each week to indulge your own tastes and hobbies.
I agree, when I say that I am at home I feel that an asumption is made that we are well off. We are living a strange time - where it is quite unusual to SAH - but I will not let others opinion get me down. As you have said, I am lucky to do this and enjoy while I can. xx
See if you can make some new friends who are also SAHMs if your old ones don't seem to understand your choice. It can be lonely in the early days, and there is a definite period of getting used to the role, but getting out and chatting with others helped me a lot. Have you considered trying to get into a book group or starting a babysitting group or regular playdate circle? PITA sometimes, but you meet people in the same boat.