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Why is it that a stay at home parents job is looked at as being inferior?

Why do people think that if a parent stays home with their children that they "have it easy" compared to a "real job"?

Asked By: ea1825 - 10/10/2007
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I am a stay at home mom. I love my job. Contrary to what some people may say, it is a real job - you are raising your children and managing a household. However, I used to be (up until about a year ago) a working mom. And, honestly, I have found that now that I'm staying home, I do have it a lot easier. When I was... More
Answered By: DaniDane - 10/10/2007
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I personally don't think it's easy to stay home. I stayed home w/ my son this summer~ although it was enjoyable @ times, I found it to be mentally draining. My advice to you: Don't worry about what other people think.
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Answered By: marsh - 10/10/2007
 
That's easy-we don't get paid, so therefore it's not a real job. Try being a guy and being the one that stays home. you wouldn't believe the comments I get.
Answered By: black_manta@sbcglobal.net - 10/10/2007
 
The only people who really say that are people who have never done it... More
Answered By: My3Boys - 10/10/2007
 
It is just the jealousy and guilt that working parents have.
Answered By: WI MOM - 10/10/2007
 
Because most SAHMs seem to judge working moms and tell them they aren't really parents. I was a SAHM for 3 years. I work now. It was so much easier as a SAHM because now that I am working, I have all the duties as a SAHM plus the duty of bringing in money.
Answered By: mable3691214 - 10/10/2007
 
Girl please. People do not realize how much work it is to be a stay at home parent. It is hard work. I use to stay home with my kids and my kids do not listen. Especially my 5 yr old. So when my husband came home from work, he was very sympathetic because I worked harder than he did and I wasent getting paid. lol... More
Answered By: airforce_wife - 10/10/2007
 
Well I stay at home with four children all under the age of five. You are right people don't consider it a real job, but they are wrong cause when you are a stay at home parent or even a parent that works your job is 24/7. Those who think its not a job or that its easy just haven't done it cause there's nothing easy... More
Answered By: singer_dolphin - 10/10/2007
 
Anyone who has had a child, and stayed on maternity leave or family leave for 3 months or more gets a real taste of a stay at home parent's grind stone. My husband kept our two oldest for a weekend the first time I went to a retreat and testified to every friend that he did not envy me my job, no matter how late it... More
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Answered By: lizzil32 - 10/10/2007
 
because this countrys backwards in a lot of ways !
Answered By: Carly J - 10/10/2007
 
this is SUCH a pet peeve of mine. Both my siblings have children and are working parents. They tend to talk down to me because i am a stay at home parent. My sister told me once i didn't have any right to complain about my husband because i didn't have a "real job... More
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Answered By: llllll_amanda_lllllll - 10/10/2007
 
The number of stay-at-home parents on here with literacy problems isn't helping much... More
Answered By: Do your own thinking! - 10/10/2007
 
They think it is inferior because they have never stayed home and tried it themselves. They don't realize that we are the ones staying home cleaning up after these lazy people. My job starts at 6:30 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. How long does there day-job last???
Answered By: Grandma of 2 - 10/10/2007
 
I don't think that it is "inferior" to work at home, I just think that they aren't as challenged because they don't have to balance a life outside the home with a life inside the home... More
Answered By: amber 18 - 10/10/2007
 
Easy...because they have never stayed at home to raise kids before. There is absolutely no job more important than raising children to be well rounded, respectable human beings. Don't even justify it with an answer. It's not worth getting upset over.
Answered By: luckylady - 10/10/2007
 
i think it has to do with what working people do on their days off. Watch TV, put a load on, have company over. everyone assumes because you don't receive paycheck you don't deserve one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Answered By: me2 - 10/10/2007
 
It's only about Money. SAH Mom's don't make any money, the hours are long, and there's no sick time. If we made any money at this, we'd be respected.
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Answered By: phillipa_gordon - 10/10/2007
 
I don't have anything at all against a SAHM. In fact, at one point I was one... More
Answered By: Pink Cowgirl - 10/10/2007
 
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