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No, not really.
I have noticed a difference based on the way I am dressed, or the way I present myself. In general, if I am put together and organized I am much more likely to be taken seriously than if I'm wearing old, schluppy mommy clothes and have kids running all over the place. If I'm well dressed and have confidence, people have a greater tendancy to assume that I have more money, and the power to spend that money the way I please.
For example, I recently went comparison shopping for a treadmill. When I first went to look at treadmills, I had one child with me and was wearing typical SAHM park day clothes- shorts and a T-shirt. I didn't get much attention from the salespeople. But when I came back to look again, I happened to be much better dressed- I think I was wearing nice slacks and a silky shirt and carrying a nice purse. I was also carrying several shopping bags, as I had been clothes shopping with DS. I had two salespeople eager to help me and close the sale, to the point that they were ignoring other customers.
I can't think of any other circumstances where I was treated differently because of being a SAHM. We bought a new house a few months ago, and had to deal with all sorts of different people- mortgage originators, realtors, title company employees, etc. If anything, people assumed that I had more invested in the situation that DH did, since I made most of the phone calls. Of course, I made sure to make educated decisions during each step of the process, so there was no question about my competence to make decisions. Quite honestly, I got more positive comments about being a SAHM.
New signature, same old me: Ann- mama of 2 boys and 2 girls, partnered to a fabulous man.
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