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AGE 12-16 0 0%
AGE 16-21 10 1.96%
AGE 21-29 223 43.64%
AGE 29-37 222 43.44%
AGE 37-55 56 10.96%
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#61 of 133 Old 12-06-2007, 06:17 PM
 
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I voted 21-29 but I was actually 20. But James was born 1 week before my 21st birthday. I'm still a SAHM and I'll be 24 in early Feb.

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I'm 25. I had my daughter a month before i turned 21. I had my son a few months before turning 24.


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I'm 26 and have been a SAHM off and on since I was 17.
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I'm 45, ds was born when I was almost 39. I am delightedly home with ds after enjoying many years working. Much is easier now than it would have been younger (financially, emotionally, mentally), except physically keeping up with all of his energy!!

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25.2
Average age of women when they give birth for the first time — a record high. <http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr54/nvsr54_02.pdf>

Another happy statistic: 35,723
Number of births in 2003 that did not occur in hospitals. <http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr54/nvsr54_02.pdf>

55%
Among mothers with infant children in 2004, the percentage in the labor force, down from a record high of 59 percent in 1998. <http://www.census.gov/population/www...fertility.html>
80%
The percentage of mothers ages 15 to 44 whose last birth was 12 or more years ago and are in the labor force. <http://www.census.gov/population/www...fertility.html>
51%
The percentage of women who gave birth to their first child and returned to work within four months. <http://www.census.gov/prod/2005pubs/p70-103.pdf>



Single Moms
10 million

The number of single mothers living with children under 18 years old, up from 3 million in 1970. <http://www.census.gov/population/soc...am/tabFM-2.pdf>






Source: US Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/...ns/006560.html

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I'm 32. I have only been a SAHM for two years and I probably won't even think about going back to work until I am around 37.
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I'm 27 now, had my first at 25 and left my full tiime career. I've been a student the whole time I've stayed at home and worked for about four months when my son was around a year old. Now that #2 is on the way I plan to just stick with the school thing....unless we move near family and then I might reconsider. My husband is set to retire in five years and then he'll be able to stay at home and I'll go back to work!
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I'm 36, and have been a stay at home mom since January. I worked full-time in the corporate world for 13 years prior to this.
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I'm 33 and have been a stay at home mom for 8 years. I've found that I am often one of the younger ones in the SAHM groups around here. I'm not sure if that's because people are delaying kids or if it's just that older SAHMs are more likely to join groups!

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I'm 25 now and plan to homeschool my dd who is 5 weeks today. I plan to have more later and SAH with all of them too.

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I'm 37. I had dd at 31, but didn't become a SAHM until last year.

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I'm 33 and have been a sahm for about 5 weeks now

I worked part time after dd1's birth but now that I have 2 munchkins the child care costs more or less equalled my part time income. I'm planning on staying home 2-3 years and then going back to my professional field part time (full time when the girls are older). I don't see anything odd about being employed in your 20's, home in your 30s, and back to the workforce in your 40's... most of my friends aren't having kiddos till their mid-30s and we plan on working till our 70s sooooo the 30s seem like a good decade for family building at least in my social setting.

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I was 28 when DS was born/first started SAHM. Now I'm 29 - I will probably be SAH for at least another 4-5 years.

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I'm 45, ds was born when I was almost 39. I am delightedly home with ds after enjoying many years working. Much is easier now than it would have been younger (financially, emotionally, mentally), except physically keeping up with all of his energy!!

Whatever you feel that you are missing can be in your life with a bit of creativity and making choices. They are only young once...
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I think you are so right. I worked for many years, too, and I feel the only reason I can now SAH is due to working those long years.

I'm glad I did it this way, but in some ways I wish I had children a little earlier than I did.

For the most part, the moms I know who stay at home are older (late 20s, mostly 30s).

I do know a few younger SAHMs who have go getter husbands who have wonderful careers right off the bat.

In most cases, the people I know delayed children for marriage, college, career.
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I am 39 and have been a SAHM for nearly 16 years! : My youngest is only 3 (well, in a couple of weeks , so it looks like I should be here for a while longer.
I'm also 39. I've been a SAHM for 15 years, and my youngest child is 3.
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I am 31. I've been home for about 5 years. I was always the oldest in playgroups, but I think that it has more to do with being in a military community.

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I'm 25 and have been a SAHM off and on since I was 18 (the age that I had my first baby at).

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25.2
80%
The percentage of mothers ages 15 to 44 whose last birth was 12 or more years ago and are in the labor force. <http://www.census.gov/population/www...fertility.html>
Bolding mine.

???? Those 15yo's would've had to've been 3 when they had their first!

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I'm 43 and I've been a SAHM for 8 years.

I quit work to be a SAHW a few weeks after marrying dh at age 35 (I was already pregnant, and already a SAHM, but didn't realize it 'til 3 days after my last day at work!). Dd1 was born 1 month before my 36th birthday (9 months and 1 day after our wedding).

Dd 2 was born about 2 months before I turned 41. We're still hoping and believing for a #3!

I plan to be a SAHM 'til my youngest is grown. After that, who knows, I might become a full-time SAH foster-momma. Or just be a full-time SAHW and Grandma!

Susan -- married unschoolin' WAHMomma to two lovely girls (born 2000 and 2005).
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I'm 26. I've been a SAHM since dd was born 2.5 years ago.
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I'm 34 and have been a SAHM since I was 27. I'm another who plans never to rejoin the workforce.

At-home mom to a teenager, an infant, and three in between!
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I am 31 and have been a sahm since I was 19.

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I'm 35--I had my first baby the day before I turned 32. Most of my friends had their first babies in their early 30s, but then most of us married in our late 20s. The average age of marriage is up, especially for educated, professional women, so then the average age for having a first child rises too.
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I'm 25, and just recently a SAHM. i had my first child when i was 18, and was working from the time she was 2 mos old. i had my second when i was 21, and went to school for 2 yrs when she was 7 mos. i had my third 2 weeks ago, and will be staying home until he is in school, then maybe i will get a job, maybe not. i always wanted to stay home with my kids, i just wasn't able to until now. I love it though. I'd love to always stay home, hopefully we can just get a farm and i can continue to do so even as the kids get older.

Living and learning with my four young ones......
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Maybe I did this bassackwards, but I was working partime for years (dh, me, and my MIL took care of the kids, and we brought them to work with us-- even dh-- at times). I became a fultime SAHM when my last was born in my later 30's. I couldn't afford to be a full time sahm in the early years, but sharing childcare worked well for us.
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I became a SAHM at age 34, when my first child was born. I have no particular plans to return to the paid workforce, though I don't rule it out, either.

Sonja , 40, married to DH (42) since 5-29-93, DD born 11-3-2004, DS born 1-18-2007.
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I'm 22 and have been a SAHW and when DD finally came a SAHM since I got married at 18.

Me (27) DH (30)...9 Years

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work until first was born 10 years ago at age 35. I don't plan to enter the workforce again.
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I quit my job in oct 99 & got pg jan 00. I was 28 when I had dd.

 
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I'm 25. I quit my job when I was about 20 weeks pregnant (DH had to go out of state for job training for almost two months) and i've been at home since then. I was 24 when I left the work force.

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