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Average age of SAHM's

Poll Results: Average age of SAHM

Poll expired: Jan 4, 2008  
  • 0% (0)
    AGE 12-16
  • 1% (10)
    AGE 16-21
  • 43% (224)
    AGE 21-29
  • 43% (222)
    AGE 29-37
  • 10% (56)
    AGE 37-55
512 Total Votes  
post #1 of 133
Thread Starter 
Hi, I'm wondering what the average age of SAHM's are. I turned 30 6 months ago and feel that I'm so far behind then other mom's. When your in your 30's aren't you suppose to be going back to work? instead of just starting out as a first time stay at home mom?:
post #2 of 133
Well, I'm 33 now. I started the SAHM gig at 23. I'll keep this up for another 2 year or so. End up a full time college student and eventually re-enter the workforce... or not.
post #3 of 133
Quote:
Originally Posted by boovert View Post
Hi, I'm wondering what the average age of SAHM's are. I turned 30 6 months ago and feel that I'm so far behind then other mom's. When your in your 30's aren't you suppose to be going back to work? instead of just starting out as a first time stay at home mom?:
I'm not sure what this has to do with staying at home in particular -- are you just saying that you feel like you had children later than many other people you know? If that's the case, no, the average age at which women have their first child is steadily increasing -- in other words, first-time moms today are older than they were a generation or two ago.

I'm 32, btw, and had my first child at 29, which felt just right for me!
post #4 of 133
I'm 32 and have been a sahm since I had my first at 25.
post #5 of 133
I am 41. I had my first when I was 24 but worked when she was little and when her sister was as well. I had my 3rd and 4th at 37 and 39. I have been home with them.
post #6 of 133
I am 38, and have been a mostly SAHM since I was 27.
post #7 of 133
I'm 35. I was a SAHM from age 22 (when my first was born) until I got a part time job (4 hours a week) at age 26, then I went to school at age 27, then I got sick and was unemployed for a few months, then worked part time again (10-20 hrs a week) until age 30 (when I was laid off, then I got too sick to work by the time the unemployment payments ran out.)

The girls were about 3 and 4 when I was in school full time. I was working part time before I got pg with DS and I continued to do so (minus maternity leave) until he was 9 mo.

How should I vote? My age now or the age when I started SAH?
post #8 of 133
I'm 27 and a SAHM of two years full time and five years part time before that. I won't be going back to work.
post #9 of 133
27 here... I feel I had DS at the right age... I worked 2 full time jobs from the time I was 18 till 26.. 1 part time job thrown in there for the military sometimes full time when they activated me LOL.. And I went to part time school.. So becoming a SAHM was my goal when I got to have kids... I enjoy it.. I dont care how old or young a mama is, its a great experience to be SAHM and raise mine/your kids yourself.. No matter what age..
post #10 of 133
I'm 30 and I've been mostly SAHMing for 3 years.

I plan on going back to work eventually, but I feel a lot of angst about it.

I believed those people at Career Day in high school who said you ought to feel fulfilled by your paid employment. And I just don't know if I can achieve that. I've disliked just about every job I've had.
post #11 of 133
i was 18 when i had my firstborn, and I've always been a SAHM. Partly due to minimal job skills, mainly due to wanting to be there for my kid(s). I'm nearly 27 now (OMG!) and am very glad to still be a SAHM
post #12 of 133
I'm 24 and have been a SAHM since I was first pregnant with my first, when I was 20.
post #13 of 133
I am 32.
post #14 of 133
26 here and plan to be for the next 5-7 years. Enough to pop out baby #2 and #3 and for them to get to school age.
post #15 of 133
I'm 26 and have been a sahm since I was 19.
post #16 of 133
I didn't ote because I amn ot sure what you are looking for. i am 33 now but I have ben a stay at home mom since I was 21. i have recently re-entered the workforce (but still consider myself a stay at home mom because I am part time and it is while my children are sleeping) but am a can stacker . . not exactly a carear
post #17 of 133
I'm 29 and have been a SAHM since I was 26. I don't plan I ever going back to work.
post #18 of 133

I'm transitioning back to work

but I was a SAHM most of the time from 31-42
post #19 of 133
I'm 37.

I chose the "29-37" column rather than the "37-55" column in your poll. :
post #20 of 133
Quote:
Originally Posted by boovert View Post
Hi, I'm wondering what the average age of SAHM's are. I turned 30 6 months ago and feel that I'm so far behind then other mom's. When your in your 30's aren't you suppose to be going back to work? instead of just starting out as a first time stay at home mom?:
No, I don't think so. I'm 30 now, and have no plans to go to work anytime soon. When I became a SAHM at age 23, I was the youngest mom in most of the groups I attended. At that time, it seemed most of the moms-of-babies were in their early 30s.
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