I know I am opening a can of worms but it really bothers me when people assume that I need to work because I have to pay for my: wonderful brand new car, my huge home, my designer clothing, my children's designer clothing, all the expensive classes that I enroll them in, etc. (edited to add:) When in reality, my family and I have none of that. Fingers crossed that my ten year old car makes it through to the spring!
I am working because I have to. I don't believe that I am in the minority when I say that. We are coming out of a recession, more and more families cannot afford to live on just one income-the middle class is decreasing day by day. Even with my husband's salary as a teacher (although at this point he is working very part time-just got a job after being laid off) we could not afford to have someone stay at home.
Yet I hear-you could if you did this, you could if you scaled back, if your husband/partner worked 60 hours a week. Every family lives the life that they can afford to live-there are definitely those who DO want that big house, that designer Coach bag, yet those are in the minority. The majority of the mothers that I know that work are doing so because they HAVE to.
I am not sure if other working mothers/fathers feel this way, but what say you? Do you feel like you are defending the needs of your family?
Edited by superfizz - 10/27/13 at 6:30am