Do you work or have the easy life of staying at home

@bdugas (3581)
United States
August 9, 2008 10:56pm CST
Well I should not of said the easy life, I know stay at home moms and housewives lives are not easy, I guess I should of said the pleasure of staying at home and not having to get up every morning and hit the streets for the 8 hour grudge everyday. I was wondering what you do for a living,I used to work at General Motors here in town, but I had to quit because the asbestos was killing me, so now I am on disability, and it makes for a long day. So what kind of work are you in?
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
10 Aug 08
Well i was a stay at home Mom while raising my children..after all had grown up but the youngest i went to college,got a degree in cosmetology, better known as a hairdresser..Well i was later divorced & i had to work very hard to make ends meet...Then i got sick & found i had crohns disease which caused me to not be able to work like i should ,so then i recieved disability and now i do not work...I now feel i have the easy life of staying at home..Lol.....Raising children is a lot of work & having to work to make ends meet is stressful so I feel like nOW I am living the easy life...
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I have done a lot of different jobs in my lifetime. I have worked from being a waitress to sewing jeans in a factory to selling life insurance to office work. The one job I ended stick with for the longest, was the office work, and I stayed with one company for 17 years. Then my husband got transferred to a different city and I went with him. I never worked for the first 4 months and after that I was bored so I got a job as a cashier. Then we moved to a town not far from the city but too far to drive for work, so I quit and stayed home again for another 6 months. I hated staying home, my kids are grown and gone, so I went to work. I couldn't find a job in the small town that paid decently so I started my own business of cleaning houses. That is what I am still doing now. It has worked great and I am earning really good money now. I much rather work than stay home. It is too boring to just stay home. Alrighty then, talk to you later, Your friend, Chris
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
14 Nov 08
I have always worked since the day I turned 16, until 1995 when my husband was hurt on the job and because he has such a crappy family I had to stop working because the place I worked begun to throw a fit because I was having to get off work all the time to take hubby to the doctor then he had surgery and I had to take care of him, we was living off of what the company was paying him. Then I finally got to go back to work in 1997 and had a massive heart attack in 1998, so after that they refused to let me work any more. Yes it is boring and no matter what there is not enough things to do in a day to fill it up. I would go crazy if I dint' have the computer. I would give anything to go back out just to get out of the house for awhile. I make a few bucks here on the net with MYSURVEY and here at MYLOT but still I love being out where the people are.
10 Aug 08
Hello bdugas, I have worked since I was 15,and have done so may various jobs and when I was 54 I had to give my job and for medicals, and now I'm disable, but I still quite a lot things at home so no I don't have an easy lifem not when you are in pain either. Tamara
@maryannemax (12172)
• Sweden
10 Aug 08
wow! worked since you're fifteen. i really admire people like you. i wasn't able to do that in my teenage years because my parents wanted me to focus more on my studies. they sent me to private schools in the city and since they can afford to provide me with everything, they won't allow me to work extra when not in school. anyway, i am glad to hear stories like yours.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I am a work at home mom. Let me just say that during the school year I have to get out of bed early in the morning just like those who work outside of the home. I have to get up at 6:30 to make sure the kids are fed and ready for school, I also have to make lunches for my husband and kids. I own an online book selling business, so after my two older kids and my husband are off to work and school I start packaging up orders. Then when my little one gets up I have to feed him breakfast and give him some mommy time. Then I alternate between my son, my work, and house work. There are never enough hours in the day.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Right now I'm in sales, but since I'm not selling anything at one part-time job and selling very little at another, I think I will soon be out of sales. Take care
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
11 Aug 08
You bet your britches you should not have used the word 'easy' anywhere near the words 'stay at home mom'. You should also understand that most full-time mothers do NOT stay at home either. Staying at home only refers to not having an employer we report to, though actually we do report to an employer who doesn't pay a salary - our husbands and kids. I guess some moms do stay at home but I couldn't stand not having a car and not being able to get out and do the things I need to do. Kids require some form of transportation, and if you don't live in an area where there are subways and buses all over, then you need a car. I used to work in A/R in the business office of a company that managed renal care facilities. We did billing and collecting and support for the clinics. It was a good job, salary and benefit-wise and I was good at it, but it wasn't fulfilling. So many people count how much they make to decide how fulfilling something is. I guess it's a bummer that being a fulltime mom doesn't pay 135k a year. The hours are long though! I can only dream of 8 hour days with a 30 min lunch break and two 15 min other breaks and a 20-40 minute commute each way alone in my car! hehehe! My hours are more like 7 am till 9-10pm and the words 'give mommy a break' are a sin!
@pam210 (345)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I am a HR manager and my husband stays home with the kids. I know that it is not easy to stay home but it is nice to not have to jump out of bed each morning get dressed and race into work every day. I also wouldn't miss the traffic. Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to get to work and other times it takes my 1 1/2 hours. I think I have the guilt of not being home with the kids that adds to the stress of my job. It is so hard being away from my house for 10 hours a day and missing everything and then trying to make up for it when I am home. It seems that I can never catch up.
@jep_toyo (1607)
• Philippines
11 Aug 08
I work at home so i believe i work comfortably in my own home ^_^
@momalisa65 (1983)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I work, but not every day. I really look forward to my days off. There is so much that I want to do here at home but I don't seem to have the time. Although when I am off, I don't seem to get it done either. I was recently off work because of a problem I'm having with my shoulder, so I know what you mean about being off 'making for a long day'. I would sit out on the porch swing and the day seemed so long. But I thought it was great! It was as if time had stopped, or slowed down, which is what I have been WISHING for the past few years, since the days (and the years) have been flying by!
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
10 Aug 08
I had to quit working due to having ms and not being able to stand for a long time also having bladder problems as well as chronic fatige.
@maryannemax (12172)
• Sweden
10 Aug 08
i used to work when i was in the philippines. i am a licensed pharmacist and worked for four years after graduating from the university. but when i transfered here in sweden to be with my boyfriend, i needed to go back to school and learn the swedish language. it is an everyday kind of school so, i am focused about it for the past year. one can't just get a job here in sweden without the swedish knowledge. after a year of learning it, i am now learning to love the language. i did get to work extra in a pharmacy here in town. but since i am studying, i can't work full time. but it is nice though. after my studies here in sweden, i can work as a pharmacist as well. hope you are feeling better and that you will be able to get a job soon.
@Ithink (10673)
• United States
10 Aug 08
IM so glad that you changed that from the easy life although I dont know if it is always a pleasure to stay at home either! I think both has their draw backs. My husband who works full time feels that I have it harder then him and some days I agree!! Im up at 6 am and dont get to go to bed most nights til at least midnight. Im constantly doing something, I have my puter up and I take breaks or Im working here too. With 5 kids in the house it alone is a job. We also heat by wood only so Im working on that along with taking care of everything to do with the house. Which includes, errands, grosery shopping, lawn, and that is only mentioning a few.. lol I love my kids but some days it is isnt such a pleasure to say the least.
• United States
10 Aug 08
I used to work for a call center for Verizon, but I did not like the work of answering phones every day and so I quit and now I am a housewife for a few months until I can find something that I enjoy. In the mean time I just clean up around the house and cook thats about it and hang out with my newly adopted kitten, while waiting for my husband to return home. I don't have any kids yet.
@philjas (1134)
• United States
10 Aug 08
I'm stay at home and I wouldn't have it any other way. This is only my personal opinion for my own life, but I do think this is a heck of a lot "easier" than having to work outside the home on a certain schedule. I would be thoroughly miserable if I had to do that, I was miserable all through school and all I ever wanted was the freedom to just stay home. I do WORK at home now for extra money, it would be really a breeze if I didn't have to do that! And it was a lot harder when my son was younger but now that he's 10 it isn't so bad. But then I know there are people who are the opposite and would be bored silly if they stayed home and they want to work just to have something to do. All I know is each person should have the right to do what they want with their daily lives, whatever makes them happy.
@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
10 Aug 08
I am a stay at home mom of one. I work from home, plus take care of all the household chores, pay bills, do the yard work, and more. I think that a lot of people think that stayinig at home is easy but it isn't as easy as it seems. Yeah we have the luxury of walking around in slippers all day, but the work load seems doubled. My fiance is the bread winner in the household, and I just take care of it. Lol. I would rather be home with my daughter then at an office all day.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
10 Aug 08
you are funny! staying home is no picnic either with kids at home or not. i stay at home, but am working on 3 jobs at home so its not that easy! and i still have to get up early because i have to get my kids ready and off to school!!
@shana123 (2096)
• India
10 Aug 08
Im a student i have just completed my lower degree and moving on to my higher stdies in between im at home now.. for nearly 4 months i really will fell down in the floor to cry that its very hard to live at home i always feel studying is very hard but now i understood staying at home is very hard!!! Some enjoy it but just imagine i have to stay back home without any hang outs isnt it real boring...
• United States
10 Aug 08
Hi bdugas: First off I am new to discussion boards and doing all of this, why? Well like you I had a full time job and have for the past 15-20 years worked at a variety of things. Well, I finally was in a position that paid the best I had every made and yes the job had its stress and demands. There were days I had to be at work by 5am and other days that I worked 13-15 hour days. Then this past Jan coming home from work after a 13 hour shift. I hit ice on the road and rolled my car. Talk about the scariest thing in my life! I still have nightmares and can see the accident in my head. Anyways, so it ended up that I had fracture two places in my neck. So,until July 16 I received short term disability from my employer and then because I was unable to return to work at 100% being able to perform all tasks assigned with no restrictions. My company FIRED me on the 16th!! SO, your question is it a pleasure to be able to get up when I want and not have to report to work??? Well, for the last two months I have been looking for a home based business that I can actually make money at??? I have surgery scheduled for the 20th of this month. It did make me look at life in a whole another light!!! Things that used to seem so important just do not anymore and my husband and I of twenty-seven years has slow down and really enjoyed our relationship more. I guess we both realized how short life can actually be. I could go on and on about this but I considering this is already over two paragraph I do not want to bore any one. I did learn along time ago that we are also looking at the other side of the fence and thinking that life is better there.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
10 Aug 08
I am a stay at home mother who also works from a home office. ANd I get up every morning and have a 14 hour day. Waking daughter, cleaning, doing independent contract work. Now I am expecting another child. WHo will be another wonderful bundle of joy. ALSO more work. The majority of stay at homers are under paid, under appreciated, and under valued. I consider myself one of the lucky ones as my hubby apprciates the facts of what I do. No I agree Easy is not a word that should have been used. But I bet some of us would trade our hours for the 8 hour day!
@april444 (1342)
• United States
10 Aug 08
I am a stay at home mom and I also work from home. It is very challanging because I work as a telephone operator so I have to work when the kids are asleep. I don't work alot either or I would be useless during the day. I did work out side the home 2 years ago but had to quit because I had issues with the daycare I sent my children to and have been terrified of sending them to any type of daycare since. here are a lot of legit companys that hire at home agents. I recommend www.workplacelikehome.com Check out the forums for the different work at home companys and best of luck to you;) April