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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 32, btw, and had my first child at 29, which felt just right for me!
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?
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults
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.
Freethinking Earth-mama of five.
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I'm an unintentional weasel feeder and I suck at proofreading.
I know how you feel.
I married at 20 and never had kids with him, except one miscarriage.
I consider my first marriage a waste of my 20's.
I was *just* working full-time, not furthering my education, and not raising a family.
All that work and nothing to show for it.
That marriage lasted until 6/03, officially, although he'd left Christmas Eve, 2002.
I married in '04, had my first child in May '05: with another beautiful surprise 15 months later.
My 30's are quite full, but at times I wished I'd started earlier when I had more energy.
Or, better yet, had used my childless 20's (thought I'd never be able to have children) getting a degree in something.
I do feel like I'm starting all over again, but that is partly due to my divorce in '03, and having to start over financially, and still in the same place educationally as I was four years after graduating from high school.
Katreena, 39 year old Alaskan Mama to 1 and 1
I chose the "29-37" column rather than the "37-55" column in your poll. :
I'm not sure why you say a woman is "supposed" to be going back to work at this age. I worked until I was 33.5 and had my first, now I SAHM to two. Most of my SAHM friends had their first around my age. Some in later 20's and some in early 40's. But mostly in mid thirties.
I'm a bit unusual. I met my dh at 40, had my dd at 41, and my ds at 43. So, I've been a SAHM since I was 41, and I'm 45 now. I had 2 careers before that. Can't imagine what I'm going to do later. Not interested in continuing either of those past careers but don't feel like going back to school, either. But that's a few years off.
I have been home for over 11 years. I am 36. My oldest is 11, my youngest is 13 weeks.
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