I've done both working and staying at home.
Right now staying at home suits me.
I feel more motivated and more inspired.
As well as mothering and housekeeping I get to indulge my creative side and dabble in some business things that interest me. I didn't have time to do that when I was working.
That's me though. Other people are entirely different and I'd never presume to know what they want or their family needs.
Ok ...cool...I can dig that. I think it's very short sighted but I respect your opinion to think less of those who YOU deem dependant and who lack interests and passion (in your opinion anyway as I've got plenty of interests and passion...just not in the topic that you approve of I presume...but that's cool )
This all I am going to say on this subject.
I AM A BLOODY GOOD ROLE MODEL TO MY KIDS.
I am a SAHM now and have been for 20 years (with the exception of 6 months when dh was studying in the USA.) I don't plan on going back to work. My eldest child is doing fantastic at uni and my other are doing their best at school overcoming their challenges.
I love being a stay home mum, my kids love me being a sahm. My eldest is a feminist studying gender studies at uni and often tells me how blessed she was to have me at home through her childhood and teenager years.
I don't give 2 hoots what anyone else thinks of me, my family love me being home for them. My husband would be lost without me running our home and doing all the finances. We are happy with how we live. It's not for everyone but it is perfect for us.
We have a woman who runs out canteen and it's her business. She operates out of about 10 schools.
We do all our own fundraising, book fairs, fetes. The p & c will get involved, but that is a handful of people.
We don't have any parent helpers.
And I'm sure some parents devote lots of time to the school, but many more just put in a token effort. I've always been involved in schools where the majority of parents both work, and so the parent volunteers tend to be the ones who have one child at school and one at kinder a few mornings a week, for example. Or they work part time, or do shift work, or come in on their RDOs. And those schools run just fine.
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I didn't realise being a good role model was dependent on being in paid work.
I thought it was based on the kind of impact you made wherever and whatever you're doing.
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