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Thread: Educated mothers as SAHM
May 17th, 2013 11:52 AM #36Senior Member
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I'm home with my first child now for the next few months. Already I am very nervous about leaving him. I wish I had a more flexible schedule but I do want to work.Mom to Augustus Zain human baby ( and Harry Winston furbaby -cat).
May 17th, 2013 12:15 PM #38
If I was in your situation I'd work until I paid off my education--mainly because I would personally feel kinda rotten if I worked hard and paid a bunch of money for my education and then stayed home and left all of the weight for earning money to pay off that education onto my husband.
Also, having a few years of experience in my field would make it easier to get a job after my kids were grown.
I think having an education is definitely a good thing for a SAHM. It broadens your mind and your experience, it helps you to see your own potential and what you are able to accomplish if you put your mind to it. I also think it's a good example to your children.Livy/Lucy : Geneva/Gwen : Coralie/Alice : Noelle/Eve
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May 17th, 2013 01:56 PM #40Senior Member
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I agree with previous posters that education is never superfluous - it's important to your happiness and personal development, and ultimately it will make you a better parent. I also second the opinion that you never know the future - you might never have children at all, you could marry someone who may not be willing or able to support you financially, or you could use an extra salary someday.
On the other hand (and keep in mind this is coming from someone who lives in a culture where SAHMs are rare and even frowned-upon; I'm sincerly perplexed by it) I do have trouble understanding a situation where a person takes the time and effort to get an upper degree (especially in the US, where university is so expensive many people have to take loans to pay for their education) yet never puts it to use or, worse of all, expects their husband to pay off their debt. I'm not talking about staying home while the kid is small (I know for many of you maternal leave is short and kindergarten isn't an option) - but cases where an educated woman stays at home for 10 or 20 years, making it extremly difficult for her to go back to the work force after being away for so long. To me that's like buying a new house and never move there!Bertrand -bertie-, Wilfred, Léon, Axel, Cuthbert -cubby-, Maxentius, Aubrey, Phoebus, John-Henry.
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May 17th, 2013 04:01 PM #42Senior Member
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May 17th, 2013 05:18 PM #44
I’ve been checking out different colleges and the cost of it makes me hesitant. My grades in high school allowed me to go to college for two years free, and I haven’t had to face the reality of how expensive it really is. I’m also pretty cheap, but I haven’t completely ruled it out.
I think that education is important; it helps you better yourself and it can be empowering. If you are educated and stay at home it can also help with your child’s development as you work with them and can help instill a love of learning in them from an early age. However I think it’s important to consider whether or not you want to spend a ton of cash on a degree that you may get nothing out of in return.TTC #1 since October 2012...
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