It's Bad Out There

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
When I logged into Yahoo! Mail today, my first greeting was a headline that read "Gov't reports 'mass layoffs' soared in January". Not. Good. It's everywhere I papers, on TV, on the computer, in line at the grocery store where an acquaintance told me she was laid off in December. It's dismal and downright depressing.

All of it gets me to thinking about my own situation as a stay-at-home mom (SAHM). I know I'm lucky. Very lucky. I'm very fortunate we have the financial means for me to stay home. I often think about updating my resume and going on the much dreaded job search. But the job market isn't what it used to be, and even if it were, my situation isn't what it used to be.

As a former software consultant, I spent a large percentage (80%) of my time at client sites. I could. I was childless. I can no longer do that and nor would I want to. If I must be away from my children during the day, I at least want to be able to be with them in the evening. It's because of this that I'm very limited in what type of job I am willing to take. I've narrowed it down to a Starbucks Barista or retail. Neither of which is faring well in this current economy.

So, for now, I will continue to relish every single moment I have at home with my children knowing that I can be stripped of my SAHM crown at any given moment.

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