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Poll Results: What is your annual household income?

 
  • 7% (6)
    Less than $20,000
  • 7% (6)
    $20,000 to $29,000
  • 8% (7)
    $30,000 to $39,000
  • 14% (12)
    $40,000 to $49,000
  • 9% (8)
    $50,000 to $59,000
  • 7% (6)
    $60,000 to $69,000
  • 4% (4)
    $70,000 to $79,000
  • 8% (7)
    $80,000 to $89,000
  • 4% (4)
    $90,000 to $99,000
  • 27% (23)
    Over $100,000
83 Total Votes  
post #21 of 28

Over 100k. We've lived a privileged life. I've been a SAHM since my first was born but have always had passive forms of income, ie rental properties, horse boarding, investments.

 

Most AP parents I've known are well-to-do. I think the stereotype has a good bit of truth to it. Personally I think it's more because AP parents (in my experience and because it makes logical sense) are more likely to be higher income because they are more likely to be educated, and I think educated people are more likely to AP.

 

Educated parents are more likely to breastfeed; more likely to choose organic/healthier food; less likely to use corporal punishment, and I'm sure a variety of other practices that jive with AP/natural living.

post #22 of 28

We are over 90K a year - and that is a NYC teachers salary!  (plus a second job)  - with DH working two jobs  during the school year - i am still a SAHM and LO is 3 yrs old.  I assume i will start working again part time next year - we do have a universal Pre K and a very reasonable 'drop in babysitting service'  in our town (the kids can be bussed from Pre K for an extra hour or two to allow for a typical 4 hour shift somewhere.

I have met a wide variety of AP parents - many (in my area specifically) are well educated, high earning, AP parents - but i also know many in more  who dont earn much and thats why AP appeals to them (well maybe)  - you dont need to buy formula, cribs, diapers, baby swings and playthings ....a good carrier and used cloth diapers and your all set!  - the big issue of organic food - i have seen  - solved by planting a decent garden - i have seen this in the city as well as rural areas - i think thats a huge expense for many AP families - unless you can find a good co-op nearby - high quality food can be pricey!   

post #23 of 28

Your annual income alone doesn't say much about your socioeconomic status.  100k where I live qualifies a family of 5 for low income housing. 

post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by mumm View Post
 

Your annual income alone doesn't say much about your socioeconomic status.  100k where I live qualifies a family of 5 for low income housing. 

 

This is a really good point. Cost of living varies so wildly from one place to another. DH has a friend who owns two properties (both single-family detached houses, on fairly large lots), and rents one of them out. His combined mortgage payments on both of them come to less than dh and I pay in rent on an old townhouse (I think it's called a row house in some areas) in a less than wonderful neighbourhood. (It's not awful, or crime ridden, although we've had some trouble recently - just not anything special.)

 

DH and his friend earn similar yearly incomes (his friend's wife and I are both SAHMs at the moment), but they have way more disposable income than we do. They pay far less for housing, and less for food, gas, etc. They have higher costs in a few areas, but the housing differential is so significant that it weights the balance a lot.

post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by Dela View Post
 

Over 100k. We've lived a privileged life. I've been a SAHM since my first was born but have always had passive forms of income, ie rental properties, horse boarding, investments.

 

Most AP parents I've known are well-to-do. I think the stereotype has a good bit of truth to it. Personally I think it's more because AP parents (in my experience and because it makes logical sense) are more likely to be higher income because they are more likely to be educated, and I think educated people are more likely to AP.

 

Educated parents are more likely to breastfeed; more likely to choose organic/healthier food; less likely to use corporal punishment, and I'm sure a variety of other practices that jive with AP/natural living.

 

I always forget about this aspect. I didn't parent in an AP fashion due to education. I did it due to sheer bloody-mindedness. A lot of our default cultural attitudes about parenting just never made sense to me, so I didn't practice them. When ds1 (20) was a baby, I also defaulted to a lot of green practices, but that was mostly because I was raised with a low tolerance for waste. I was doing a lot of things (cloth diapering, reusing things, avoiding paper towel, etc.) because I felt they were less wasteful, not so much because I was being environmentally aware.

post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post
 

 

I always forget about this aspect. I didn't parent in an AP fashion due to education. I did it due to sheer bloody-mindedness. A lot of our default cultural attitudes about parenting just never made sense to me, so I didn't practice them. When ds1 (20) was a baby, I also defaulted to a lot of green practices, but that was mostly because I was raised with a low tolerance for waste. I was doing a lot of things (cloth diapering, reusing things, avoiding paper towel, etc.) because I felt they were less wasteful, not so much because I was being environmentally aware.

 

 

I didn't say it was a rule or that there weren't exceptions, just that people who are educated or who are in a community with higher than average rates of education seem more often to lean towards AP and less wasteful/more environmentally conscious practices than do people who are less educated or who live in a lower educated demographic area.

 

I do believe and I know that many studies over the years have shown that education and more evolved practices are very much linked, but I never meant to imply that the two were absolutes or exclusive to each other, sorry if I gave that impression.

post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by Dela View Post
 

 

 

I didn't say it was a rule or that there weren't exceptions, just that people who are educated or who are in a community with higher than average rates of education seem more often to lean towards AP and less wasteful/more environmentally conscious practices than do people who are less educated or who live in a lower educated demographic area.

 

I do believe and I know that many studies over the years have shown that education and more evolved practices are very much linked, but I never meant to imply that the two were absolutes or exclusive to each other, sorry if I gave that impression.

 

Oh, no - not at all. I was just observing that I tend to overlook that side of it. I'm sure there's a strong correlation between education and AP. I'm just always a little surprised by it, on some level.

post #28 of 28

Reading the responses of this thread made me remember being part of AP groups where most of the people were well to do and I felt conscious about it in many ways. Part of the reason I went for the cloth diapers was because they were cheaper. I was part of a group where people bought organic everything, had beautiful hand-made slings and carriers, organic cloth diapers, were able to take cooking classes or send their kids to the best private preschools. There were a few who were like our family, where it was a big sacrifice to be a stay at home mom financially. I was sometimes embarrassed to invite people over to our smaller home. I shopped at Goodwill, bought things on sale that were not organic most of the time, and drove a very old car. The good moms never judged and those are my friends to this day. :-) 

 

I think being a SAHM is a dying "breed" amongst the middle class population. When I decided to go back to college and become a nurse to supplement my income, as well as for personal fulfillment, it really, really helped our family to afford things like piano lessons and hiring a gardener to maintain the yard. And to not stress as much when the old car needed repairs.

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