Thread: ? for the ladies
09-29-2004, 11:25 PM #1
? for the ladies
i was wondering.. I had a discussion with my fiance about having a child. The disagreement in this discussion was that if she were to have a child that she would not work. She said it is too hard to have a job and be pregnant. she also said it was too hard to be a mother, wife, work and have a child, so she was refusing to work. i kind of felt that this was some what selfish on the part that her income helps provide for a mortgage, car payment (Hers), 2 boys from previous and other bills. i felt kind of insulted by tha fact that she would not work even a simple clerical job sitting on her ass answering phones and filing.
Is this common?
I have known and herd of plenty of women working untill pregnancy and having a family to take care of. Is this really that hard on a woman during pregnancy???
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09-29-2004, 11:37 PM #2
bro i totally see where you're coming from with the financial situation. I think she'd be able to work, at least up until the part where shes getting close to having it. And as for afterwords, i wouldn't say she had to go back right away, but i wouldn't see why she couldnt after a year or so.
Do you have family nearby or really good friends that can babysit during the day?
09-30-2004, 07:05 AM #3
Yea some women don't want to work because they want to give all the attention they can to the baby! This is ok.. But if she's using the pregnancy as an excuse to not work then I'd reconsider having a child
09-30-2004, 07:20 AM #4Originally Posted by abstrack
Hey AB, i feel where ur coming from bro. ITs very hard today to have only one income and support a family. Id sit her down and explain the financial situation to her. Even go as far as showing her the money coming in and the money going out due to bills. Show her on paper that losing her salary will effect ur families quality of life. I had this same problem with my x wife. But IMO she wanted to get pregnant so she wouldnt have to work. U should figure out if thats her true intentions or not.
You should talk with Jdawg50. Hes going through the same situation with his wife. Good luck bro!!
09-30-2004, 07:31 AM #5Originally Posted by abstrack
09-30-2004, 07:38 AM #6
I think she is not being realistic about the situation. Like said above, let her know that the quality of life will not be the same and start letting her know what extras will have to go etc...
I can understand her working up until her 8 month and maybe 1-2 months off after the baby is born.
09-30-2004, 08:22 AM #7
yea you need to explain that having a child is a sacrifice of time.....she should know that from previous babies. and i thought it wasnt good for you to sit on your ass all the time early in your pregnancy....
09-30-2004, 08:30 AM #8Originally Posted by 1badcamaro
09-30-2004, 08:31 AM #9Originally Posted by OGPackin
09-30-2004, 08:36 AM #10
My wife has not worked in 4 years. Not since she was three months pregnant with our first. That being said we were lucky enought o be financialy able. We discussed it and decided her stayimg at home would be better. Now for your situation when money is tight i say she has to work. Not an option. If you can't afford to take care of your family with one income then the spouse has to work. My wife ask me all the time are we doing ok? Do you think I need to get a job? Her willingness to work makes it easier for me to tell her to stay home.
Good luck bro. hard situation.
09-30-2004, 08:37 AM #11Originally Posted by TexasFitnessGirl
their was no grey area for discussion on her part no matter how much the money was. I even said i would get a night job on top of my 12+ hour daily job. She then said she didnt want that kind of burden on me, but she still wouldnt budge on the main issue.
09-30-2004, 08:38 AM #12
It really depends bro. There's no reason why she can't work during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. (She will be sick and hella lethargic in the first). But after the baby is born it may cost your more for her to work.
How old are the other 2 boys? We they be in daycare or are they in school? If they are in daycare, will she keep them at home as well, or will they stay in daycare? Lot's of things to consider. Not taking either side here bro, but being a stay at home mom is hard ass work. She will see that and she will likely get bored and miss having social interaction.
If she is going to stay at home, you guys should discuss what that entails. e.g. Being a housewife is her "job" now. That means she has to clean, cook, do laundry, etc, mostly without your help. Except for when she's too big and recovering from delivery.
09-30-2004, 08:42 AM #13Originally Posted by Mart651
09-30-2004, 08:45 AM #14Originally Posted by co2boi
09-30-2004, 08:46 AM #15
thanks fo all the great replies! this has got me thinking a bit more and i really apreciate all the mature answers.
09-30-2004, 08:50 AM #16Originally Posted by abstrack
Hey ab, one thing u need to realize is most women live in a fantasy world. They make decisions based on emotions where IMHO men make decision based on facts. You need to sit her down and show her on paper the financial situation and the burden she wants u to take on. If shes not willing to see the facts then u really need to think about having a baby at this point. I really feel forya bro! I know what ur going through and its a tough situation because shes making u out to be the bad guy and all ur trying to do is the right thing for u and ur family....Good luck!!
09-30-2004, 08:58 AM #17
when my wife was preg. with my daughter she worked up until it was pretty close to the birth. But after that we decided that she should stay home to raise the kids. It was a strain on the cash flow big time but I wanted my kids raised by a parent and not a day care (family isn't close enough to help out at the time). The funny thing was about two or three months after the birth she was goin stir crazy staying at home........it wasn't long after that when I came home one day and she informed me that she was going back to work but only part time. It didn't pay much at all but as long as it made her happy I was more than cool with it.
Sounds as though you're in a tough spot.....if she refuses to compromise there's not much you can do. How bad do YOU want to have a child? That's the real question you need answered.
09-30-2004, 09:36 PM #18Originally Posted by OGPackin
09-30-2004, 09:50 PM #19
First...women can work until the day they go in labor...I did with both of my kids. IN FACT with my first one I went to work IN LABOR to finish something I wanted done before I went on 6 weeks conv leave. I pulled my weight and never used my pregnancy as an excuse not to do anything. Unless the doctor says 100% bed rest, there's no reason NOT to work. Sounds to me like she's looking for an excuse not to...and pregnancy is just that excuse. Sorry if I'm too harsh on this topic.
Second....I agree that sitting down and putting it in writing is a good idea. How old is she? Is there a rush to have a baby NOW? Show her where you stand now financially. Make sure you include the $ you spend on entertainent, movies, her trips to the salon for hair and nails, the kids extras, etc. Then show her where you will stand without the income. Moving expenses, etc on top. Then add in diapers, formula, doctors bills, etc. There goes dinner out, those nice haircuts and doing anything with the family.
Develop a plan together. Look at the bills you need to pay off and find a way to clear up extra income...set a dead line and then agree that at that deadline, providing you have achieved your goals you can proceed with the pregnancy. She could work up to whatever point she's comfortable with and then quit.
There has to be compromise.
09-30-2004, 10:20 PM #20Originally Posted by Commando_Barbi
09-30-2004, 10:56 PM #21
I understand it's hard. Compromise is sooo important to a successful relationship.
I think the key is not to say NO but tell her yes but not right away and here's why and here's when I think we can do it without putting our credit and financial status in jeapordy.
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