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Choose the highest level of education you've completed

Less than highschool
0
No votes
Highschool or its equivalent
8
10%
Some college
18
21%
College degree
43
51%
Masters
14
17%
Doctorate
1
1%
 
Total votes : 84

Are you educated?

Postby Zephyr » Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:31 am

One more poll to explore the stereotypes about SAHMs.

There's a stereotype that SAHMs by and large have not gone to college, or if they have are wasting their degrees. What's your education level and how do you feel about the time, effort, and money put towards it?
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Postby ete29 » Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:55 am

I have an AS degree and a BA. I LOVED going to college. In fact, I've enrolled in an online class for this semester just to do something challenging. I think my education has made me a better mom, I feel prepared to help my children with their educational journey.

I don't feel bad about the money spent, probably because I got a lot of financial aid and currenlty only owe 7k on my student loan.
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Postby ~FairyMama~ » Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:23 pm

Some college for me. I attended for about 2.5 years. I majored in Computer Information Systems. I dropped out because I decided I did not want to continue with That major. During the process of deciding what major to go back for next I met DH. I moved across the country and became a stay home wife and then mom.

I think about going back to school all the time. I would feel very accomplished if I had a degree, But I also have the feelings that it would not be a good investment right now because I won't be using the degree right away. I'm constantly torn. I applied for financial aid this year and go back and forth all the time with if I should go.

I don't regret the college I did do, but I have no debt from it as my parents paid it outright each term. I am so grateful I learned about html as I have used it a Lot since I left school, but mostly just for hobby purposes. Am currently building a hobby site and having tons of fun with it! Hoping I can maybe get google ads on it at some point when it is more developed and get a little income that way. Then it would definitely have paid off for going to college those years.

If I go back to school it will be for early childhood education and I would want to run an in home daycare. I also consider doing fostering instead of daycare and then I would not really worry about having the degree. I am leaning toward fostering atm, but it keeps changing so I don't really know what the future holds atm. My goal is to either be fostering or a full time student by the end of this year.
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Postby stefanielynn » Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:06 pm

BS in business and accounting. I'm okay with the money we spent on it...I did work for over a year and supported our family when my husband wasn't able to. I plan to work part-time once our kids are in school and will probably start doing taxes during tax season part-time just to stay current.

I really hate it when people tell me I'm "wasting" my education by staying home. Being home with my kids is my priority right now...I feel like working would be wasting something much more valuable.
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Postby Emmo » Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:15 pm

Masters Specialist here (in between a Masters and Doctorate). School Psychologist. Spent a pretty penny on it but we didnt know what we were doing at time. I worked a few years full time and now I work a few hours a week at a clinic.
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Postby blue-eden » Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:05 pm

BA here, and it's worth every dime. I also have a couple other credentials, for other jobs.

It's not like being a SAHM is a life sentence or anything. My dd is starting preschool this year, then next year it's full time kindergarten. Next up is ds, who will be in school full time in Sept of 2014. I expect to be using that degree again :)

I went to school to set myself up to be able to work at any point in my life, and to expand my mind. Being a SAHM is just a couple years out of my life, out of the workforce. I think people concentrate WAY too much on the couple years one is out of the workforce, it's weird how fixated people get on those few short years. :dunno: An education is forever.
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Postby Autumn2000 » Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:09 pm

blue-eden wrote: An education is forever.


AMEN!! I'm a teacher and love sentiments like this.

My time as a SAHM is very short. I graduated undergrad in 1998 and worked for 10 years before having DS and then I kept working until DD was born last year. I'll be back working part-time next year and then might take another full year off, but I may like part-time work so much that I'll not want to do that. I'll just have to see. I do know that I love my career and I think that is directly related to my education. I'm not sure if I could have a job or career that I loved without higher education.

I have a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.Ed. in Secondary Teaching & Learning. I think that I'm a better SAHM right now because of those degrees and the experiences that came with them.
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Postby scases » Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:48 pm

I have a BS in Business Management. When I got my degree I was a full-time working mom of two and working my way up my career ladder. Then the company I was working for moved 60 miles from my house and I didn't want that commute. I found another job 15 minutes from the house. A year later i got pregnant, went back to work unwillingly after a 3 month maternity leave and 4 months later I got laid off. I have been home since then. I was working in computer support and over the years I have slowly started hating it and the last year was bad, but that is because it was a small company and there were days that I did nothing. Some weeks I helped 2-3 people. IMO not worth it. Now I am just enjoying being a SAHM while I explore my options and decide what I truly want to do once Vivian starts school full-time. That will be in 2 years. She can start full-time pre-school fall 2012. Wow I can't believe it is so close.
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Postby J_blackrose » Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:15 am

Autumn2000 wrote:
blue-eden wrote: An education is forever.


AMEN!! I'm a teacher and love sentiments like this.



+1 I tell this to my girls all the time. An education is something on one can ever take from you. Now my situation is much different. Its unlikely I'll ever return to work. My DH being Military and getting up in the ranks, it makes it hard to be a parent and a wife and work at the same time. He needs me home to deal with all the things he can't because he's an NCO and a Cop. And even on the Civilian world has crap hours. But I made it a point to have at least one degree. God forbid anything ever happen to Matt I could take over and be the bread winner so to speak. My oldest always tells me she wants to be a SAHM momma like me. I made it very clear to her that she can not do that unless she has a 4 year degree first. Even if she never works a day in her life its important she has that.
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Postby Emmo » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:20 am

J_blackrose wrote: My oldest always tells me she wants to be a SAHM momma like me. I made it very clear to her that she can not do that unless she has a 4 year degree first. Even if she never works a day in her life its important she has that.


This reminds me of a video I saw, lol...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rbMHLDY1pA
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Postby J_blackrose » Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:26 pm

Hehe too cute.
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Postby kc12345 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:40 pm

2 college degrees... one in business and one in nursing, both Bachelor's level. I feel privledged to be able to stay home with DD and lucky we can live comfortably on my DH's income. However, education is very important to me. I will use my degrees again at some point! And probably get a few more... :)
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Postby MissyMia » Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:15 am

I have a BS in Geology and I worked professionally for 6 years before being laid off. I always wanted to be a sahm, but my parents said I needed an education to fall back on. So I too plan to use it again after my kids are in school.
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Postby Kryssy » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:34 am

I have 2 degrees. My first is a bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) my second is a bachelor's of Education, and neither are wasted!
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Postby J_blackrose » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:04 am

Kryssy wrote:I have 2 degrees. My first is a bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) my second is a bachelor's of Education, and neither are wasted!


No kidding right. Having the Education degree comes in handy let me tell you. Especially when they hit school.
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