Many of those who opt out of jobs to raise their children often face a mix of curiosity, jealousy and even disdain in comments that range from the silly to cruel
Whether or not to stay home is a tough choice many parents have to make, and those who opt out of jobs to raise their children often face a mix of curiosity, jealousy and even disdain in comments that range from the silly to cruel.
Manicures, pedicures, the gym and lots of day time TV right folks? Eh … no! Our stay a home parents tell us there’s hardly time to use the bathroom!
Being an at-home parent qualifies as a full-time job. There’s no time in the schedule for Tupperware parties and Good Morning on the TV. Our parent reporters tell us there is plenty of time reading to their children, helping with homework and ferrying them to music classes, sports, language lessons and more.
Hearing the old “nap when the baby does” suggestion sends the parents we spoke to into a tail spin!
It’s a smart plan in theory, but people who haven’t stayed home with an infant overlook the downsides to mid-day sleepy times. They tell us the dishwasher doesn’t get emptied, the food doesn’t get cooked, the laundry doesn’t get done etc…
However hefty a couple’s savings account balance is, a comment about the family’s cash flow can rub someone the wrong way instantly. Besides, that assumption is likely untrue. Parents make calculated and tough choices. The parents we spoke to spoke of making the decision to live a more frugal lifestyle.
That phrase implies all parents have a solid plan mapped out, when in reality, this economy leaves many people struggling to figure out tomorrow. Our interviewees who’ve put their careers on hold worry about whether they’ll be able to get a job when they’re ready to return to the workplace said they don’t need someone reminding them that the future’s uncertain.
Have you ever asked, or have you ever been asked any of these questions?