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Did you always intend on being a SAHM? Do you plan to go to work when LO is older? Just wondering if it's worth it to spend the time and money on school if you're not using your degree..
I have a college degree and SAH. I did not "always intend to stay at home", when I made the decision to go to college I was in high school. I did not know what my life would involve, as far as getting married/having children etc., so I prepared myself the best way I knew how in order to be self sufficient financially. (not saying you must go to college to do so). I agree with the PP who said that the college experience was worth so much more than just a degree.
I have not decided yet if I will go back to work once my kids go to school. If I do, it most likely will be part time and not likely in the field of which I have a degree.
If you are asking if I had it to do over again, would I still go to college, knowing I would SAH...yes - most definitely. I have no regrets and yes Im still paying off student loans.
I guess I didn't always intend to, but I always thought of it as a real option. I'm sure I'll go back to some sort of job at some point, but not for a long while. Unless something changes, I'm doing the SAHM thing for the long haul.
My husband is not the greatest at sharing household duties, but he is great at working hard to support us. I know that if we both worked all day and I was still responsible for almost all of the household/not very fun parenting duties, it would be a strain on our marriage. We have no desire to have that strain if it's not necessary.
I definitely think my degree was worth getting. I learned a lot, and I now have the ability to support myself and my family if the need should arise. I was able to work to support us while my husband went to grad school full time. Because of this, he was able to graduate debt free and permanently increase his earning potential.
I graduated from college without debt through a combination of going to a relatively inexpensive state school, working three jobs, and having help from my parents. If I had gone $80,000 in debt for my undergrad, my opinions might be different.
I always thought I would try and stay home. It wasn't until after I graduated college that I met and married my h so things turned out differently (and better!) than I had imagined. I don't regret my decision to go away to college and get my degree at all.
I have yet to have a job specifically in the field my degree is in, but lately I have been thinking that in a few years when we're done having kids and they are a little older, I will go back to school for my masters and then go from there. But right now I am 100% happy being a SAHM.
I had always wanted to, and after finding out it was twins it was the only option b/c my job wouldn't pay for childcare.
I love the flexibility of sah and want to get into the fitness field so I can continue to have some flexibility for sick days and vacations, etc
I didn't always want to be a SAHM, I went to college will the full intent on working FT afterwards. After graduation there were no jobs in my field available where I live (moving was not an option) so DH and I decided that that would be a good time to TTC since I wasn't working anyways.
Then while pregnant and after Ian was born a few job opporitunities became available and I actually turned them down. I really love SAH, and couldn't imagine being away from Ian full time. I do work PT just on weekends at a job I had before college, but I just do 2 shifts a week to keep my health insurance.
I do plan on going back to the work force after my kid(s) are in school, but I'm thinking of changing my career and going back to college. I don't know what yet, I have a few different things in mind, but I have a long while before I have to make up my mind.
I SAH and have a degree in education. We plan to send our girls to private school, so eventually I will go back to work part time to help cover tuition costs, hopefully something in the education field that will allow me to be home before/after school. I did always hope to stay at home, and we waited to have kids until we were financially able to make that happen. I love being a SAHM and would continue indefinitely if it weren't so important to us to send our girls to the school we've chosen.
I do not in any way regret getting my degree and I think it is 100% worth it. Partly for peace of mind that I have something to fall back on if, God forbid, something happened to DH and I needed to support my family, but also for the life experiences. And I met DH in college, so I don't regret that ;)
I always wanted to be a sahm. I got my degree because I love learning and the experience and knowledge helped me grow as a person. I got a poli sci degree which is pretty worthless in terms of job hunting but I loved what I learned.
If I go back to work I'll probably get my masters in education first and teach. Short of financial disaster I won't work until our kids are all in school so 8 yrs at the earliest if we have #2 when we hope to.
My degree is in Visual Arts, which is sort of a waste anyway...
but honestly my intention was to continue working at least part-time after having kids. The cost of daycare where we were living (Boston) made it impractical for me to work full time outside of the house so I worked part-time from home when I had one kid, then we had another and relocated so now I'm full time SAH. It all came down to finances.
I hope to either rejoin the workforce when both kids are in school or go back to school for my Master's in something more practical.
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I have my degree and I SAH. I DO have my insurance license to "work" but I don't really like doing that so I am trying to look for a job (part time of course).
I, to a point, think that getting my degree was a huge mistake, especially right now in my life. I want to SAH at least until my kids are in grade school and only work while they're at school. If I had really thought things through before I enrolled I wouldn't have enrolled.
Now $50K later, we're not doing so well financially since we're paying on my school loans and I'm not working yet.
I mean it was a huge accomplishment for me to go back to school when my DD was 7 after being out of school for 10 years but if I could change my decision to go back I totally would.
IMO, if I were you, I would DEFINITELY think things through long and hard before making such a drastic move.
I always hoped to SAH with my children, but wasn't going to forego college on a hope.
I worked for 5 years (3 with my MA) before having DD. My degrees are in early childhood development and education so I feel I use them on a daily basis. I hope to go back to work once DD (and any future children) are in school.
I could never imagine a degree not being worth it.
I intended to SAH when we started our family. I also have my master's degree. If there arises a situation in which I need to go back to work, I have my degree to fall back on.