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01-04-2008 11:37 AM
abac 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.
01-02-2008 05:12 PM
cking 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.
01-02-2008 04:53 PM
TravsMom 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.
01-02-2008 11:54 AM
kjbrown92 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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01-02-2008 12:08 AM
mama2jack I am 24
12-31-2007 09:48 PM
MamaPam I am 22.
12-29-2007 09:26 PM
christyc I'm 32 now, but have been a SAHM off and on since age 24.
12-29-2007 06:26 PM
velochic
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Originally Posted by Spring Flower View Post
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.
12-29-2007 05:53 PM
That Is Nice
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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!
12-29-2007 05:23 PM
velochic 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.
12-29-2007 06:26 AM
Kirsten 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.
12-29-2007 06:12 AM
Alcyone 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.
12-24-2007 02:50 PM
THBVsMommy 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.
12-23-2007 04:27 PM
joeysmom1729 I'm 30 and have been at home since I was pregnant with my ds, which is 2.5 years I've been home.
12-23-2007 03:34 PM
MysteryMama im 26 been sahm 4 2yrs

nak
12-20-2007 08:28 PM
dillonandmarasmom nak

i'm 35. no plans to wah anytime soon...
12-20-2007 08:25 PM
USAmma I am not sure how to answer the poll since I cross over two of the categories. I quit to be a SAHM at age 26 with the birth of my first baby. I am currently going back to college and hopefully will graduate with my RN degree when I'm 36. By then my youngest will be in K and I plan to work at least p/t.
12-20-2007 08:22 PM
First Time Mama I'm 25 and have been a stay at home mom since DS birth, 3 months ago. I am liking it and feel no urge to go back into the paid work force, although I do get a little lonely at times. I would go back part time if our finances really demanded it.
12-20-2007 02:45 PM
JWhite31 I am 24 now and have been a SAHM for the past 2 1/2 years.
12-20-2007 02:21 PM
beanandpumpkin I'll be 30 next month, and I've been SAHMing since I was 24. We homeschool, so I won't be going back to work anytime soon, but if we public-schooled, I suppose I could go back next year, since my youngest would be ready for kindergarten, and here kindy is a full day. I assume I'll be home until I'm 40ish, at least.
12-20-2007 01:56 PM
Mommy2anangel I'm 22 and became a SAHM since DS was born. I am usually the youngest at any group and tend to feel a little left out at times.
12-19-2007 03:07 AM
Shahbazin I'm 40, & have been a SAHM for almost 2 years (had 1st DD when I was 38,
2nd DD at 39). I plan to homeschool, so won't be rejoining the salaried workforce any time soon (although there's some things I can do from home that I'd like to explore). In my case, I went to college, got married, & had a career before starting a family.
12-17-2007 01:54 AM
Girlymomwithsons I am 30, and have been a SAHM sice I was 26. I plan to stay one forever, I don't think there is an age where you "should" be going back to work. I am hoping to be able to drive on field trips and volunteer in my kids classrooms when they are in school, so I will only get a job if it's somewhere that I want a discount!
12-16-2007 12:18 AM
Countrygirl1225 I am 33. My children are 11 and 3, and I have been a SAHM for 4 years now .
12-15-2007 09:56 PM
wsgrl84 I am 23. my boys are 28 months and 9 months.

Glad to see I am in the majority.
12-15-2007 07:21 AM
LukesMum Holy crap---you guys are so young!! AT 42 Ive been a SAHM for 5 years and Im done working. Worked my behind off for 20 years and am so happy to be home being wife and mom. I am blessed to have a dh who strongly supports this and who makes enough money to support the whole crew at a very comfortable lifestyle.
12-15-2007 06:12 AM
SneakyPie I am 42, had our son when I was 39. I was established in a career when I had him and am able to continue my work part-time around the schedules of my husband and my business.
12-14-2007 02:59 AM
ReikiMommy07 I'm 23, SAHM to DS. I'm taking an online training course, but I'm tellin' ya, if DH gets a job before I finish and I don't have to "work," I won't work. Not b/c I don't want to, but b/c I'd rather be there for everything my DS does. + we plan to unschool (or rather keep doing so), and it will be good to see his daily progress and to be a part of it. OK sorry--that was a bit of a tangent...
12-13-2007 04:37 PM
Carlyn I've been staying home since a couple months before my 1st baby was born (I turned 23 a week before he was born, I'm 31 now). I hope I always can! I love being at home with my family. If an opportunity comes up that seems good for me to get involved with when the kids are older, I'd be open to that. I could also see that I might always choose to be home, and do more volunteer type things. We're soon to be a foster family, so that will be a new role I'll have in our home.
12-13-2007 01:39 PM
jillmamma I'm 34, and have been at home (except for a brief stint back to work for a few weeks before being laid off) since DS was born when I was 29. I know DH would like me to go back to work once the kids are in school, but frankly I have no desire to do so, although if we are in bad financial straits I will. We are still negotiating having a third child as well.
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