I don't think there has been judgment per say of living that way, more that as one income families we can't do that and still stay afloat financially. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a couple deciding both should work bc they both like a certain standard of living. I wouldn't change being at home for the world but I also know that my life may be another woman's private hell
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22-04-2016 21:07 #141
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22-04-2016 21:11 #142
I just think that level of what you can live on is so different for everyone.
22-04-2016 21:16 #143Senior Member
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He also used to commute the 1-1.5hrs each way when we first moved out together (before kids). But it was depressing him so we made the move. We discussed several times that we could move back...but we were both so unhappy with the thought that we couldn't bring ourselves to do it. We also figured by the time we added in the extra costs with travel and private school fees we probably wouldn't be much better off...so stuck it out, and were generally quite poor at times due to our choice. It was not always easy and fun having me sah, and we couldn't afford to stay here on one wage...so we chose two wages.
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22-04-2016 21:49 #145
I understand moving away from a low ses area to want a better opportunity for your kids but I don't agree with the public schools being rubbish just because they service low ses areas and that they have 250 students in each year in primary school.
22-04-2016 21:49 #146
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22-04-2016 21:50 #147
My parents were of the opinion that "people only live in the country because they are too poor to live in the city". No amount of trying to justify different lifestyles would get through to them. We live in a tiny town in the country. But we are surrounded by some of the richest people I know. We also have people here who literally live dole cheque to dole cheque. Our children, the "rich kids" and the "poor kids" all go to the same little 20 kid school. Where you live definitely isn't a the best indicator for how much money you have.
I never planned to be a stay home mum and I went back to work after my eldest was born but I haven't worked since my second was born 4 years ago and I love it. I probably won't work again until my youngest (either my current youngest or the one we are planning if that works) goes to school. But I volunteer for a lot of stuff so I have no social/mental need to go back and we don't need the money. I like the flexibility that I don't HAVE to be somewhere so I am at every assembly, sports game etc. but this is what works for us. We live hours from the grocery store, movie theatre or fast food place etc but we love our lifestyle. It's definitely not for everyone though.
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