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.
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18-02-2013 16:24 #1Senior Member
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Long term plan?
18-02-2013 16:30 #2
Long term plan?
I don't think there is two distinct camps at all, I am both! I look after my DD full time as a SAHM and do a small amount of work from home, plus study. When DD and future bub is at school I'll move some of my work from home to out of the house. And when future bub is born I might just be a SAHM with nothing else for a while.
There are 50 shades of grey between the black and white of SAHM and "career mum"
18-02-2013 16:35 #3
I'm hoping to start a post grad teaching degree in July Being a graduate degree you have to have good marks from your undergrad to be accepted, so fingers crossed Hopefully there will be a baby born in there somewhere too.
21-02-2013 11:37 #4Member
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First bub is 20 months old and next due in 10 weeks. I don't plan on going back to work until the youngest is at prep. Before babies we did a two year travelling holiday around Australia so I'm actually worried that I won't be employable. Won't think about it now but keeping up to date with technology is hard when you haven't the money to continually buy new "toys"
03-04-2013 16:44 #5
I am new here, my first few posts, so please bear with me.
I'd like to finish studying my uni course within the next 8 years.
We have 2 little girls, one is in school she is 7 next month (yikes! She's getting so big!), and one who just turned 5. I plan to start a second unit at uni per semester next year when she starts school. At the moment I just stay at home and hope for work from home opportunities to just fall into my lap! Haha, life doesn't work that way I know. I am very creative and always looking for a challenge, sometimes I can be lazy with this though. Anyways, I'd like to finish study, during this time take on some smaller web design projects, logo designs. I'm studying to be a graphic designer after all. I am only 7 years behind all the younger graduates, so I don't feel like this dream of mine is impossible. I think you just need to take one step at a time, if you stumble you just pick yourself up and try again! Once the girls are both in school, I'd like to think of my day as being a studying/working day where I clock off in the morning as a mum, and then clock on as a student, and clean the house during the day. Most of my time is spent at home, which I prefer because if I went outside alot of the time, I would 1. waste time, 2. my house probably wouldnt be as easy to keep clean, 3. waste more money, 4. NEVER get any studying done. So my time at home as a Stay At Home Mum/Studying mum, is well spent. Going out into a job, is a big challenge that I am looking forward to and I just think about the example that I would be setting for our daughters, when they see their mum getting that dream job. So exciting!
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03-04-2013 17:11 #8
Yep I got accepted
03-04-2013 17:51 #9Senior Member
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Do long term dreams count? lol.
03-04-2013 17:56 #10
I would love to study but don't know what I would actually study to be!! I have 3 older step children, a 21mo and one due in November. I'm getting a little to the point where I want to take up something else but i know that come November it's going to be all hands on deck again. Maybe I should see a careers counsellor.
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