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Thread: Stay at home dads.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    It's acceptable if that's what works for that particular family.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    I was a stay at home dad for about a year while I waited to be eligible for in state tuition.
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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    There is nothing lazy about staying home and raising a child. In fact, it is the toughest, most important and most rewarding job I have ever had.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    it's not for me to judge what is best, in terms of work arrangements, for a particular family...it's not for any of us to judge.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    What does being poor have to do with kids suffering. There are plenty of kids that have grown up poor and had a great childhood. There are plenty of kids that grew up rich and had a horrible childhood.

    Many of the sahm's I know are clipping coupons, shopping at thrift stores, ect because it is a sacrafice for them to stay home. Not everyone values a large house, the latest in technology, new cars, elaborate vacations , ect. Some value being at home with their kids and being the one who raises them. I really think that "most" people could live off of one income if they just lived without some of these luxuries.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anniegetyourgun View Post
    What does being poor have to do with kids suffering. There are plenty of kids that have grown up poor and had a great childhood. There are plenty of kids that grew up rich and had a horrible childhood.

    Many of the sahm's I know are clipping coupons, shopping at thrift stores, ect because it is a sacrafice for them to stay home. Not everyone values a large house, the latest in technology, new cars, elaborate vacations , ect. Some value being at home with their kids and being the one who raises them. I really think that "most" people could live off of one income if they just lived without some of these luxuries.
    You may have a point here. There really are a lot of families who could make-do on one paycheck. You don't really need a tricked-out truck, for example. On the other hand, braces are a luxury, and if your kid has crooked teeth, a second income can provide the wherewithall.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    You may have a point here. There really are a lot of families who could make-do on one paycheck. You don't really need a tricked-out truck, for example. On the other hand, braces are a luxury, and if your kid has crooked teeth, a second income can provide the wherewithall.
    I'm not sure if braces are a luxury anymore. Particularly in a work place where half the time an employer will base on whether they hire you or not on your appearance. Our society values how good a person looks more than qualifications half the time.
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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Sure I did it myself for a while when I hsd a home-based business.
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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Sure, it's fine. No biggie.

    Oddly enough, I can't recall ever having met a stay at home Dad. Maybe it's because they're all at home.

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    Re: Stay at home dads.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anniegetyourgun View Post
    What does being poor have to do with kids suffering. There are plenty of kids that have grown up poor and had a great childhood. There are plenty of kids that grew up rich and had a horrible childhood.

    Many of the sahm's I know are clipping coupons, shopping at thrift stores, ect because it is a sacrafice for them to stay home. Not everyone values a large house, the latest in technology, new cars, elaborate vacations , ect. Some value being at home with their kids and being the one who raises them. I really think that "most" people could live off of one income if they just lived without some of these luxuries.
    True! We lived on my husbands income the first 13 yrs, and got by just fine. We have more than 2 kids so I know it's possible. We didn't have to give up cable or cell, and our kids always looked decent and had the game systems like everyone else. It's all on how you budget, and look at things.

    Now I work, and work more hours than hubby, but b/c of my work scedule I still have time with my kids after school and weekends. I love my job, but I sacrificed To get here!
    Last edited by herenow1; 04-13-12 at 10:34 AM.

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