Been SAHM for 6 years, eldest in school, youngest 2 mor years. Ups and downs but generally love the being with my kids bit but hate housework!! I was talking to my (working) mum friend the other day and she made a weird comment that she didn't see me ever going back to work. I was a bit floored actually that she thinks that. I imagine it will be very hard getting back into the workforce - sometimes I am totally freaked out at the challenges that lie ahead - but if I think negatively before starting to look for work I am just self limiting my prospects which is not helpful. Maybe it's because I have no family here or SAHM friends but the idea of never working again seems bizarre I've always assumed I will find a job once kids go to school. If we were loaded I might study or do volunteer work but as we're not plan A is gainful part time employment in a couple of years.
Just curious as to others long term plans. I was surprised at my friends comment as I'm always talking about what I'm going to do workwise. Do some people just see 2 camps - working mum vs SAHM? Can't we both both at various times in our childrens lives? I accept that putting my kids before a career has limited my prospects and my partner will most likely always be the main bread winner but I still plan on finding somewhat fulfilling work one day!! I just hope this doesn't turn out to be delusional optimism and that really I unwittingly signed myself out of a working life when I gave it up to be home with the kids.