Originally Posted by Qalliope
To the original question, I doubt I will ever willingly choose a career again. I despise our capitalist society. I think it runs on degradation and is mutually exclusive with any kind of healthy life. Participating in it on that level would be a last resort for me.
I know this thread is old, but I had to chime in because this has been a huge 180 in my life. I was brainwashed by second-wave feminism into believing that having a career was the only way to be a fulfilled and enlightened woman. So I went to college, got a prestigious law degree, and once I started working I realized I hated it. It took me three jobs, two of which ended disastrously, before I realized I was not cut out to be a lawyer and moreover I didn't have the slightest interest in being anything other than a mother and, well, homemaker. Everything I learned as a child and young woman was totally wrong and working for The Man didn't make me happy at all. Now that I am finally a SAHM, I know that this is the only thing I want to do. I've discovered interests in gardening, baking, and even housekeeping (in terms of wanting to keep my house nice) that I never knew I had.
I highly recommend the book Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes, btw, for anyone who's interested in a little validation re the point I quoted above. ITA with that, FWIW.
As far as support, my DH is okay with being the sole breadwinner. He loves being an attorney and would not want to stay home. My mom seems to disapprove solely because she returned to work when I was 4, and if I do something different then it is a slight to her. She's a big believer in "being able to support yourself" just in case (we have a hefty life insurance policy on DH). But yet we have discussed that having a stay at home parent can be a really good thing for children. So, I think she supports it intellectually, she just knows that she didn't want to do it and sees it as a bit of a reproach. My friends are all supportive.
Great thread, I am really enjoying it!