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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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THBVsMommy's Avatar THBVsMommy 03:50 PM 12-24-2007
i am going to be 23 on new year's eve and have been a SAHM since i found out i was pregnant, at age 20.

Alcyone's Avatar Alcyone 07:12 AM 12-29-2007
I'm 29 and I'm not sure which option you want me to choose. I'm not really a "mom" yet, but I've been staying home the whole time we've been living together and I am not planning on ever going back to work.
Kirsten's Avatar Kirsten 07:26 AM 12-29-2007
I was a SAHM for a decade - from age 27 to age 37.

In our co-op preschool, there were moms from early 20s to early 40s (I was 30).

In my PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support), there were moms from mid 20s to early 40s (I was 31).

I always felt about in the middle of the age range in local groups IRL.
velochic's Avatar velochic 06:23 PM 12-29-2007
I had a lucrative career for 15+ years prior to becoming a SAHM. I went to college, moved abroad. Came back. Moved abroad again. Worked in a cubicle and saved money until I got married and had a child. I may go back to work at some point in my late 50's (which is really not too, awfully far off), but I'll be a SAHM (working part-time at most) until dd is relatively independent. I may never go back to work if I can figure out the health insurance issue. Dh will retire in a bit more than 10 years at the age of 65. I'll still have several years before I can get medicare.
That Is Nice's Avatar That Is Nice 06:53 PM 12-29-2007
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Originally Posted by velochic View Post
I had a lucrative career for 15+ years prior to becoming a SAHM. I went to college, moved abroad. Came back. Moved abroad again. Worked in a cubicle and saved money until I got married and had a child. I may go back to work at some point in my late 50's (which is really not too, awfully far off), but I'll be a SAHM (working part-time at most) until dd is relatively independent. I may never go back to work if I can figure out the health insurance issue. Dh will retire in a bit more than 10 years at the age of 65. I'll still have several years before I can get medicare.
I could have written your post! Rock on, mama!
velochic's Avatar velochic 07:26 PM 12-29-2007
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I could have written your post! Rock on, mama!
I'm kind of in the "roll" phase of life. Nice to hear there's someone else in my shoes.
christyc's Avatar christyc 10:26 PM 12-29-2007
I'm 32 now, but have been a SAHM off and on since age 24.
MamaPam's Avatar MamaPam 10:48 PM 12-31-2007
I am 22.
mama2jack's Avatar mama2jack 01:08 AM 01-02-2008
I am 24
kjbrown92's Avatar kjbrown92 12:54 PM 01-02-2008
I had my first child at 29, worked for another year (over an hour commute each way), then consulted for another year after that, so didn't become SAHM officially until 31. Had my second at 33. When I was 34 I did consulting again for a couple months. Had my third at 36. I'm 39 and still SAHM. My husband does shift work, so it would be really hard to work and still see him. Though when my youngest goes to school, I plan at least getting some part time holiday work, because my oldest will be old enough to babysit by then. Since I had a good career before I left the work force, at times I feel like I'm not "living up to my potential" but I can't see myself working and leaving my kids to be raised by others.
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TravsMom's Avatar TravsMom 05:53 PM 01-02-2008
I have been a SAHM (I do some work on the side in and out of the house but only about 10 hours/week) since I was 28 when I had my first son. Will be 30 in April with #2 due the same week! I feel right on in terms of where i am in my life and am actually on the younger side than most of my friends.
cking's Avatar cking 06:12 PM 01-02-2008
I voted, even though I’m not a SAHM, yet. I’m 31, and about to become a SAHM in the coming months. I’ve had a 10-year career. It was a good run, and not very fulfilling at this point, so I’m happy to not be going back to work for several years.

Everyone’s situation is different, and for us, waiting this long is what has made SAH possible. We live in a very high cost area, and I really know very few other women who are or plan to stay at home with their kids. We’re also not really considered ‘older’ for having our first child. Among our peers, we’re average or even on the younger side.
abac's Avatar abac 12:37 PM 01-04-2008
I'll be 30 next month and have been SAH since ds was born when I was 26. I will not be returning to the workforce, and am thrilled that dh has just willingly cut his own work hours to spend more time at home. I look forward to the day when neither of us has to work outside the home. It's coming.
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