What IS a SAHM, anyway?

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I’ve been wondering about the labels we give each other and to ourselves.

Especially the one I use most often for myself:

SAHM= Stay At Home Mom

I’m wondering: Is it accurate? What does it mean? If I work as a volunteer- full or part time, am I still a SAHM? If I am never home because I’m constantly running errands and chauffeuring children.. am I still a SAHM?

Does it matter?

So here’s my question:

What IS a SAHM?

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10 thoughts on “What IS a SAHM, anyway?

  1. thenerdmom says:

    I feel a SAHM is a woman who doesn’t work fulltime out of the house. It doesn’t matter how much time you are actually in the house!

  2. momadom says:

    A SAHM is a parent who:
    *showers rarely
    *laughs frequently
    *cries on occasion
    *deciphers 5 different levels of tantrums
    *understands the necessity for a glass of wine during nap time
    *and can regularly be seen carrying a diaper bag, a coffee, a bag of groceries, and a small child – all the while managing to discuss the relevance of Elmo’s red coat.

  3. Brandy says:

    SAHM in my book is a mom who gets to be with her kids, at home, because she doesn’t work out of the house. I’m a SAHM but I’m not “at home” everyday of the week, I do volunteer work where the work sometimes amounts to that of a job (hello MOPS!), but I get to be home with my kids. I don’t have the agonizing decision of having to either make money or be home with my kids.

    Not all SAHM’s like being a “SAHM” either, just like not all working moms like being a working mom. We do what we do for our kids, what we feel is best for them. It’s easy to feel like a SAHM is a “less than” label, but not matter what kind of mom you are, no matter what you do, I’d hope it was always with the benefit of your kids first.

    We’re all the same really, we just do it differently. 😉

  4. kenworthknitter says:

    I think a SAHM is one who is available to her kids when they need her to be and is able to do that because she does not work outside of the house on a full time basis. I’m a SAHM not because I don’t have a job, but because it’s done out of our “house” (in our case, truck) and our son is with us and home schooled.

  5. faithfoodfamily says:

    I think a SAHM is one who doesn’t have to literally stay at home but one who devotes most of her time dealing with her children versus an outside of the home job. That would include driving them around, cooking, cleaning all of the other stuff. Of course working moms have to work and do all of that too usually.
    God bless,
    Amanda
    jesusluvsu2005 at gmail dot com

  6. shooflymama says:

    SAHM to me means being home and not working full time outside of the home when the children are there. For example, I work p/t 2 days a week when the children are in school, but when they were little, I was home all day with them. When they are not in school, I am home with them. I feel like this is the biggest job in the world, and am so blessed to be able to do it.

    SAHM does not mean to sit in the home all day, but to be available to your children when they need you. It is a huge blessing to be able to be home with them.

  7. shooflymama says:

    Also tweeted.

  8. shooflymama says:

    Facebooked….

  9. shooflymama says:

    …and subscribed to your blog. Didn’t know I could do that. I just usually click when you post that you’ve blogged!!

  10. octobersyd says:

    A SAHM does NOT always “stay at home”. I am a SAHM and sometimes I feel like I haven’t seen my home in weeks!! With all the errand running and toting kids everywhere I relish the few days I get to “stay at home”. I think it is just a label for the mom’s who do not have a full-time job outside of the home. Interesting question though, I have one you may find interesting on my blog, octobersyd.wordpress.com, about single parents. Let me know what you think.

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