So even in a marriage of equals, where decision-making is fully shared, staying home means returning to the role as an economic dependent, a role many of us had not been in since college or earlier. Raise Your Hand, After All You're Not Doing Anything In a world that bows down at the altar of busyness, where bragging about not having enough time is not considered bragging at all, the SAHM with school age children is hard pressed to join in. But when I look around me at the class moms, PTO officers and teacher appreciation lunches, I know that I am not the only one. Experts will tell you that while a certain diminishment of earning power and professional stature comes with leaving the workplace that part time work is the best remedy to ease reentry. The fact that for me this was such a disquieting question suggests that even now, more than a decade and half into my self-inflicted exile from the paid workplace, I am not fully comfortable with my decision. We tell our daughters to work hard in school and strive for a meaningful career. Husbands and partners, as well as their income, can disappear by any number of means leaving the non-income earning spouse scrambling for a job.
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