or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Mom › Parenting › Stay at Home Parents › People don't understand me being happy as a sahm
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

People don't understand me being happy as a sahm

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

I feel like being a stay at home mom is my calling and I am very happy with it. Sure it's frustrating sometimes, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I know people who think my life is mundane or that I'm some sort of husband-leach. My husband brings in the money and I do everything else, and I am happy this way!! I have a friend who told me recently that when my kids are in school I can go back to college. Honestly, by the time my kids are in school I will probably be pregnant or have already had another. Who says you have to work to be fulfilled? I work very hard, I just don't get paid. Can anyone relate? I also hate it when people try to tell me "no more kids" or "you should wait ___ years." Ugh. 

post #2 of 5

I was a SAHM for a long time, and only work part-time now. I was totally happy being a SAHM, proud of it, and if not for the need to supplement our income I would probably still be a SAHM. I used to tell people I was happy being at home with my kids, it was a gift having the opportunity to do so, and it was a full time job. I told them I was a traditional mom at heart. I guess because of my attitude about it, people left me alone after one or two comments like the ones you mentioned above.

post #3 of 5

I am currently staying at home and homeschooling my 3 kids. I love this arrangement, but it can't last for me. I expect to need to look for a job for next school year, meaning big changes for us. My husband took a different job with less stress and less money, and that means that the budget can't work at current levels on a long-term basis. 


It's one of my biggest frustrations: our society and culture is built upon the expectation of a two income family, mostly because many jobs, even those considered "good", don't pay enough to support a family as an only job. 


So, yeah, I totally get loving staying at home. I loved working, too, when I didn't have kids.

post #4 of 5

I WOH part time at the moment but once baby arrives in March, am planning to go back to being a full-time SAHM. Interestingly enough it's always my mom talking about how important it is for me to work, how I need it, etc. The last time it came up I flat out told her I don't think me working is nearly as important to me as she seems to think it is. I'm not particularly thrilled about my career and can't imagine anything I would enjoy more, or find more rewarding than being a SAHM. But I'm not sure she'll ever understand it.

post #5 of 5
I am kind of in both camps--I loved working-- I was a high school teacher, but also wanted to be the primary influence in my children's upbringing, and give them the gift of my time, especially while they're small.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Stay at Home Parents
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Mom › Parenting › Stay at Home Parents › People don't understand me being happy as a sahm