is a SAHM?
SAHM is short for Stay-At-Home-Mom!
What is the purpose of
There are lots of women in our society today who have chosen to bypass,
change, abandon, or temporarily stop their careers in order to care for their
children. Although it's getting better, Stay at Home Moms are still
not getting the support and recognition they need. It's tough to
work a job which is 24/7 with no paycheck or bonuses!
This site is dedicated to giving SAHMs, especially new ones,
support and information that they need in this difficult job.
Who are the new SAHMs in
Modern SAHMs are different from our
counterparts of a few decades ago in several ways: -
First, we often spend several years establishing a career before
taking some time off at home. Many have gained valuable professional
Second, at-home mothers often consider their time at home as only
one state of their lives (this is known as sequencing.) They
will be home with young children, but often resume a paid profession at a
Third, today's at-home mothers tend to be older and better educated
than those of the previous generation.
Fourth, and MOST importantly, mothers at home today have
specifically CHOSEN to devote their time and energy towards raising a
family. This is a benefit over moms of the 50's through 70's who
felt that staying home was their only option. Modern SAHMs have the
opportunity to serve as role models and to show others that motherhood is
a compelling, honorable, and very important career choice.
Mothers & More, a national support
group for mothers (the majority of whom stay home with their children) recently took a survey of their
membership. This is what they found:
|The typical member is 34 years old and
has two children.|
|84% of members have college degrees;
30% have a masters, Ph.D. or other professional degree|
|64% of members are full-time SAHMs who
do not currently work for pay. 34% work part-time for pay, half
of whom work out of the home. 1% work full-time outside the
|More that 50% of members made the
decision to alter their career paths before their first child
was born; another 36% made the decision shortly thereafter.|
|82% of members left a full-time job to
be home with their children, while over 9% reduced their workload to
|More than 71% of members are planning
to return to work in the future. 22% are undecided, and 7% do
not plan to transition back into the workforce.|
Who runs this site?
My name is Danielle Heskett,
and I have been a SAHM for 9 1/2 years. I have been involved in several
SAHM support groups which have made my life much more rewarding and
enjoyable than it otherwise would have been. Click here
to learn more about my own story.
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