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    Default Let's make a list of the great things of being a SAHM

    Sometimes I get tired of people saying certain things to me about how my kids are 'lacking' because they aren't in daycare...I have two older kids that makes straight A's to prove it. Lets make a list of how we feel important to be with our kids day in and day out..

    I have to admit sometimes I feel like a nobody when I know moms that make a ton of money. One would be my daughters step-mom. She is a really good parent but she said...staying at home with her kids would drive her nuts!! Another had twins and she told me personal that she would rather work..

    Here is my list....

    I don't have to worry about driving in the winter weather and put my kids at risk.

    Even if I am tired, I can still take a nap.

    I can feed my kids what food I want.

    I sometimes take it for granit when I feel depressed, yah know..not having that 'pay check' But at the end of the day...I realize I am that..important to the world.

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    I love this idea.

    When I tell my kids they are the most important thing in the world to me, they KNOW it's true.

    My kids aren't sick all the time.

    I can take my kids to the park or the pool anytime we feel like it.

    I can go to the grocery on a weekday morning when nobody else is there.

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    If i don't actually feel like working, it's okay because no one is watching.
    I don't have to do housework all weekend.

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    Love this idea!

    I am able to see my kids before I send them off to school, and talk to them about their days right when they get home, while they still remember what happened and what they learned.

    I am able to take the time to prepare meals that follow our healthy living lifestyle.

    I am able to spend time in my veggie garden and grow foods that I know are great for my family.

    I am there for my kids 100%. There is no "Mommy is tired from a long day at work" in our house!

    I'll second the no housework all weekend!

    I can take my kids fun places during the week (at least in the summer when they are out of school) like the park, zoo, etc when it's less crowded.

    Dh reminds me often that I "make" more money now, than I ever did when I was working and bringing home a hefty paycheck. I cook more (and we eat out less), I shop sales for groceries (not just what is convenient), no paying for daycare, don't drive a whole lot (so I save gas...and actually spent 18 months with no car, by choice).

    Love that my kids and I can do projects any time. We don't have to schedule time to play together!

    Ok, that is all I can think of for now!

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    One of the best things about being a SAHM for me was being there for them when they got sick or when they got sick at school and had to be picked up.

    In fact may times I was asked to pick up the sick kids (friends of the kids) of working moms and keep them here because the moms needed somewhere for the kids to go until they could get off work.

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    I can go "rescue" my kiddo from school in a moments notice when he's feeling sick.

    I'm there every day for them when that school bell rings.

    If I wanna have a pajama day, then I'll have a pajama day!

    We can see how many vacation Bible schools we can fit in during the month of July, LOL!

    I get to see the cool stuff that I'd miss if I was at an office. Like my dd dancing a jig or singing a song.

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    The most important thing for me is I'm available when my kids are ready to talk. Weather its while we're driving some where or in the kitchen together, I'm there. Kids take time to think about talking to us about important thins and when the moment is right for them it must be right for us too. I can stop and give them my full attention.

    We can have teaching moments! My kids are well rounded because they ask questions and I stop and explain.

    Laurie in Bradenton

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    If my kids are sick, we don't miss school. We just postpone it until they are well.

    If there is a movie we want to see, we will go to a noon showing on a weekday.

    My kids are not dependent on things to make them happy.

    My kids don't buy or bring their school lunch. They go to the kitchen and help me make it.

    I can treat their allergies and autism by working directly with their specialist instead of involving half the town.

    I am a church musician so during big musical weeks I can take a week or 2 off of my normal schedule and it is no big deal.

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    We can homeschool.

    I can make most of our food from scratch (saves a ton of money).

    I have the time to shop the sales and find the best deals.

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    How about lets thank our wonderful dh's that supports this! I have read so many times on the net that women want to be able to be with their kids and take care of the home, but they can't. Years ago I met..forgot her name...but I cut her hair of the person that started homebodies.org.

    I seriously hug my husband all the time and tell him how much I appreciate his hard work and stress in the world bringing home 'the bacon and I fry it up for him.'

    I was a manager at a few places and the number one fear was my kids being sick because I had to be at work all the time and was expected too. The stress was horrible with that.

    I keep my clothes really simple and yet still trendy. I still have a shoe thing. lol. But really...I spent so much money buying clothes and the positions I have been in...I had to have many clothes and I used my credit card many times for that!

    I think sometimes I was just born to be a SAHM. I have worked years in between my kids, but my heart always calls back to home.

    When my kids get older....I think I want to go back to work. I did work with my dh for awhile but I had to stop because he got a promo and transfer so me the wife could not work there anymore. It was nice for a short while.

    I put my makeup on most days and do my hair. I hate that feeling if I don't.

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    There are so many good things about being home with my kids again. (I was working part time for two years as a preschool teacher)

    Just a few that come to mind are
    not worrying about who will take care of them when they are sick
    being able to go to school functions
    dancing to imagination movers with my three year old

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    Being home to see all the "firsts".

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    The biggest plus for me having my 4 year old daughter home with me is:

    That I can get a hug and a kiss whenever I want/need one!!

    I love watching her grow and learn every single day. We cook together, go to the park, visit her grandparents, have play dates, do the housework together. What more could we want??

    While having an extra income (and sending her off to childcare) would greatly benefit our financial situation, I believe that we have chosen the best possible path - by staying home with her.

    I agree with the praise and hugs for the wonderful husbands!! My husband is currently out in the cold wind and rain installing fascia and gutter to a new home. He does this every day and I always thank him when he gets home. It is because of his hard work that I get to stay home and bring up our daughter in the way that we want to.

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    Ditto to the kids not being sick so often and the being able to take a nap when I'm tired!

    I love being able to take my son to the library in the middle of the day when there are fewer people around or when there are more kids his age around.

    I love being able to "run errands" in the afternoons after naptime--gets us out of the house and also means shorter time in lines when we have to go places that have lots of traffic.

    I love knowing that I am shaping our son with good morals, values, manners, etc. Who knows what he'd learn if he was at daycare everyday?!

    I love knowing that I have a support system of other SAHMs in my area that I can call on for advice or just to hang out w/ kids my son's age.

    I love knowing that I am seeing his personality take shape as he moves through his day as opposed to seeing him for only three or four hours of his awake time if I was at work.

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    I can do my job in pajamas!

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