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    Default If you could afford to be a SAHM, would you?

    I returned to work part time, for 2 years after my first child was born. i am now on mat leave after the birth of my second child. I have to decide if I want to return to my position in the workforce.

    After selling an investment property, we will soon be paying off our own mortgage so there is no financial imperative for me to work.

    Would you be a SAHM if you could afford it?

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    I dont know. I went absolutely stir crazy on mat leave so i would probably have to do some sort of volunteer work if i did!

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    If money was not an option, I would probably not work where I do.

    I would do all the volunteer work I fantasise about doing, but can't do while working.

    Ultimately though, I do not think I could be a SAHM for a long period of time. I think I need to work outside the home, for my own sanity.

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    No. I do not need to work now but do so because I want to.

    I would go nuts being at home full time and I honestly believe that I am a much better mum working part time.

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    Mmmmm....i would have to get involved in some type of structured activities, be it volunteer work , mums club etc....i think i would have to put my kids in daycare one or two days a week as well for thier socialistion and my sanity...i like having two days for adult stuff and five kids days ...that works wellfor me...i have more patience with my children since i went back to working a five day fortnight,,,before that i would lose it over minor stuff...so for me beibg a full time sahm in that sense does not seem to make me as pleasant a parent.

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    We could afford for me to stay home, but I wouldn't for many reasons.

    Having said that, I don't intend to work full time until all children are at school, and will always take 12 - 18 months off after every baby.

    But really, in my opinion it would be too much of a risk for me to stop working at 27 and hope that dh will always be around to financially support me. There are many factors that could stop that from happening. Plus, I love what I have chosen as my career. And, I feel like it is imporant for me to contribute to society in this way and to demonstrate that to my children. Plus, I think working makes me a better person (me, not implying anything about anyone else with that comment!)

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    Nope! I love my job and like others have said would also go a bit crazy if I was home with kids 24:7
    I also love that I get to contribute an income as well. I didn't like feeling like I had to rely on dh for money.

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    Right now... In a heartbeat. I'm over the stress of juggling work and everything else.

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    No... I agree it is too much risk for my career to have a large break and to get back into it at a level that I am willing to work. Also I think I am a better mum for working part time - I have more patience and appreciate my time with dd more than I did when I was at home all the time. We also have no family to care for her on a regular basis so work is my respite in some ways. I love having the satisfaction that my career brings. I think if I didn't enjoy my job, I would be more likely to be a sahm but at this stage I really enjoy working part time.

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    Nope. I've just returned to work after 13 months maternity leave. I was getting seriously depressed and my self esteem had plummeted. As soon as I returned to work I felt brighter. It also forces me to manage my time.

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