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Leablahblah 05-06-2019 09:11 AM

Iím just curious...
 
Tell me your kidsí names and age and if youíre working or not.

I just want to see who I can relate to in the forum, who is at the same point in life...

Leablahblah 05-06-2019 09:14 AM

I’ll start:

I have 3 girls
Augustine is 4.5
Eloise is 2.5
Leonie is 2 weeks old

I’m a stay at home mom for now. I used to teach french part time to preschoolers through first graders until last year. When my kids are bigger I’ll find another job but not teaching. I’m not qualified to do anything but I want to work with adults but not customer service.

carrie1977 05-06-2019 09:14 AM

I have two. Mattisen is 15 (16 in July) and Cole is 11 (12 in September).
I work full-time for a local school district as an administrative assistant.

kristalund 05-06-2019 09:17 AM

J 6.6
E 9
K 11.5

yes I work

Gemma 05-06-2019 09:21 AM

Kids are -
Jack - 17
Harry - 13
Charlie - 6
Abigail - 3
Thomas - 1 in a few weeks!

I'm a stay at home mum and I hate it some days!

nietis 05-06-2019 10:00 AM

Michael - 7 in 7 days!

I stay at home, but occasionally do research paper editing and English correction. I am qualified to teach English as a second language, but still not sure what I want to do when Michael is older.

kendallt 05-06-2019 10:08 AM

Logan - Just turned 18.

For now, I work part time. I worked full time for many, many years when my daughter was younger, and I hated it. I always felt pulled in so many directions, like I was either letting my child down or letting my job down. I transitioned to part time 4.5 years ago, and it has been amazing. With my daughter leaving for college in the fall though (:crying:), it really no longer makes sense for me to stay part time, so I am hoping my job will offer me something full time so that I can have health insurance again!

3BluEyedBabi 05-06-2019 10:30 AM

Avery-15
Collin-11
Austin-8

Right now, I only work on the weekends. Before that, I was a stay at home mom full time for 5 years.

KingsQueen82 05-06-2019 10:41 AM

Lainey - 11
Aubrey - 9

I'm a SAHM and a military wife. We actually joined the military almost 11 years ago b/c it was breaking my heart that I was working 70-90 hours a week and my husband around 60 so neither of us was seeing our baby. :(.

I'd love to go back to work part time now but I see it as adding another stressor to our family as my husband's job doesn't allow him a consistent schedule and he often leaves for weeks or months at a time for training or special missions. (He works Presidental support.) I'm hoping a position in our school district opens up--that's about the only thing that would work for me. We have no family or friends nearby and move every other year or something like that so I just tell myself that being home as my children's constant is most important right now. But it's so boring! I know, I know... first world problems. Lol... Thank heavens I have my scrapping and reading hobbies! :P

biancka 05-06-2019 11:21 AM

I have one son, Jasper and he's 15 years old. I am a SAHM :)

craftytam 05-06-2019 11:35 AM

Oh my, I feel old now! LOL! :D
I have 3:

Kayla is 26 - she has 2 boys - Judah is 3 and Zion is 1

Joshua is 19 - he just moved out on his own

Connor is 18 - he graduates at the end of the month and will start at Boise State University in the fall.

I've been a SAHM for 15 years, not sure what the next season will bring.

angiekey 05-06-2019 11:46 AM

I think I'm close in age to many of you with younger kids (I'm 42) but I can't have kids and when I married a man 10 years older than me, I gained three stepchildren. I'm actually closer in age to my eldest stepson than I am to my husband:

Jay - 33
Michael - 29
Veronica - 22

Veronica is living with us right now, for the gap between her December graduation from Baylor and her September start of grad school.

I'm a newly-minted grandmother; when Jay married in March, he became stepfather and I became Amma to two awesome little dudes, ages 6 and 8.

Work-wise, I had to give up my career 6.5 years ago because of health issues (chronic treatment-resistant daily migraines, CFIDS, and FMS) so I guess you could say I'm a housewife. I miss working SO much, and I pray I'm able to get back to it someday. I was a Product Manager for the B2B eBusiness suite of tools for a major HVAC manufacturer; I bridged the gap between Sales & Marketing and the IT team.

Neverland Scraps 05-06-2019 12:12 PM

M (g) - 17
B (g) - 15
W (b) - 6

No I do not work outside of he home.

AmieN1 05-06-2019 12:15 PM

I have two-

Daughter Hayden is 11
Son Declan is 8

I work part time (2 days/week) as a dental hygienist. It's seriously the best of both worlds. I feel like I'm home with the kids a lot but can still earn a decent paycheck for our family as well as keep my brain happy with work! ;) As they get older, they seem to get busier with sports & activities, so I highly doubt I will ever go more than 2 days. Right now I work Tues/Wed (SO awesome!)

LeeAndra 05-06-2019 12:33 PM

Ellie is almost 10, and Nate just turned 5 yesterday.

I work around 30 hours a week as the administrator of a local church. I love the people & the work is fine but it can get boring and lonely as I'm the only person on staff with regular office hours & can sometimes find myself working alone for most of the day. Living 25 minutes from my work + having kids in two different schools means I spend close to 2 hours in the car every day going back & forth so it feels more like 35 hours a week when all is said & done.

I was a SAHM for most of my children's lives but not by choice. It is not a good fit for me or my emotional health. In an ideal world, I'd love to work from home but I don't have enough experience in any particular field to stand out amongst the 100s (or 1000s) of applications remote jobs receive.

SeattleSheri 05-06-2019 01:10 PM

I have three boys 15, 12 and almost 2. Since becoming a mother, I have worked full time (minus maternity leaves and a 9 month stint back when my MDS was 1). I am a Sr. Director at a F100/G250 company.

knittingbec 05-06-2019 01:51 PM

Liam- 7
Caroline- 5

About 3 months ago, I returned to work half-days as a preschool teacher. I'm my daughter's teacher which is both amazing and challenging. I've agreed to stay on for next year for half-day/mornings. It's my ideal job--I taught 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade before my kids were born and I don't want to return to teaching full time.

angels 05-06-2019 03:57 PM

I have 3 boys

Angel - almost 16
Nathan - 13
Thiago - almost 3

I work full-time

jacinda 05-06-2019 03:59 PM

Brooke 15
Elisa 12

I work 10 hrs a week from home as a Secretary for a Military Charity.

MamaBee 05-06-2019 05:27 PM

Jake - 12

I'm a stay at home mom and we homeschool. I really am not looking forward to working outside of the home... I really don't like most people. :P Hubby is pushing that when Jake graduates - I only have 6 years left - I have to find a job to pay for college. *sigh*

aussiegirl 05-06-2019 06:10 PM

I have 4 girls, ages 17, 16, 14, 12.

I am a full time mommy! My dream was to stay home as the girls were little. After so many years staying home, it was difficult to find another job. I'm not complaining! I LOVE staying home with my girls!

littlekiwi 05-06-2019 07:15 PM

No kids for a variety of reasons

Currently I am a research interviewer for a United Nations report on housing for people with disabilities - that contract is until mid June at this point. I also sit on a governance board for a community law centre that specialises in disability as well as on a fund moderation panel for a disability service provider.

In saying all that, none of that work is enough to pay the bills or is long term so for the past 3 1/2 years I’ve also been looking for work in the disability sector (not home help though)

stephc777 05-06-2019 08:07 PM

My kids are 25, 23, 19 & 14 (the older 2 are on their own - 19 year old is a college student). I work part-time out of my home doing bookkeeping. My husband has a demanding job with long hours & some travel out of country, so it works best for us right now for me to be home.

scrapchyck 05-06-2019 09:15 PM

My kids are all adults: Sam will be 30 in August, Hannah 28, and Campbell is 20. Sam lives up in Portland and works in the music business. Hannah is working on her PhD at Rutgers. Campbell lives in Eugene, where I do, and works. School didn't fit well for him. I was a SAHM for a long time, but started working again about 8 years ago. I work in group accounting for Royal Caribbean...but don't ask me about cruises. LOL!

nesser1981 05-06-2019 09:30 PM

Keira - 13 (will be 14 in 10 days)
Cooper - 11
Harper - 6

I work part time.

supergirljen 05-06-2019 09:33 PM

I have 7 kids - the first 6 are boys and baby is a girl.

Dominic, 17 and graduating at the end of the month
Xander, 14
Felix, 10
Milo, 8
Bram, 6 and graduating kindergarten this month
Killian, 4 (who has Down syndrome and is medically fragile)
Eliza, 7 months tomorrow. She was born with a congenital heart defect and had open heart surgery at 10 days old. She's doing wonderfully right now :)

I stay at home to manage this ridiculously large brood, lol

rdjrneace 05-06-2019 09:51 PM

I am the grandma here; I have 2 children who are both over the age of 30 plus I have 8 grandchildren plus 1 angel grandson.

My grandchildren are 14, 2 - 11, 3 - 9 and 2 - 6.

I did stay home for the first 5 years of my oldest child's life but when she started kindergarden I went to work. It worked out well also for the youngest who got to spend the day with grandma & grandpa.

bcgal00 05-06-2019 10:30 PM

I bet I'm one of the oldest members. My kids are grown, in their 30's and I've got 4 grandkids. I had my kids at a very young age and it's been wonderful to hang out with them as adults as we all have similar interests and enjoy spending time together. We like the same music, tv shows, fashion, etc.

I work at home and hang out all day with Taz (my doodle) while hubs goes off to work.

Tree City 05-06-2019 10:45 PM

My DD is 11.5 and my DS is 7.

I am a freelance editor, but I'm stepping back from that. (I work from home, which is great because it means we don't need childcare.) Recently I got accepted as a substitute teacher in my children's district. The school year is almost over, so I guess I'll actually start subbing next school year. :)

SeattleSheri 05-06-2019 10:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by angels (Post 1062959312)
I have 3 boys

Angel - almost 16
Nathan - 13
Thiago - almost 3

I work full-time

We have the exact same spacing with our 3 boys, you're just a year ahead of me!! Mine are 15, 12 and almost 2. I get lots of questions about the gap, lol.

joelsgirl 05-06-2019 11:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KingsQueen82 (Post 1062959221)
so I just tell myself that being home as my children's constant is most important right now. But it's so boring! I know, I know... first world problems. Lol... Thank heavens I have my scrapping and reading hobbies! :P

I FEEL YOU! I think that it is so hard because our kids don't need us 24/7, but they need us enough that being gone 40+ hours a week makes life much harder. Honestly the hours people work in America makes me so glad we live overseas where we can get by on less!

Jack 14 (what???)
Max 11
Ariana 7

I teach 2 classes at the international school my kids attend. I like having a purpose that is outside of my house, but I hate that my classes are an hour and a half apart so I'm stuck at school from 10:30-3 every day. Next year, my schedule will be two classes from 8:30-10:30, and then I'll be free. And being free is my favorite.

glumirk 05-06-2019 11:13 PM

Oliver - 9
Camilla - 7 (almost 8!)
Lillian - 5
Nolan - 2

I stay home, but I’m a mechanical engineer. Maybe someday I’ll work, but these kids keep me busy. The most I’ve done since having kids is tutor math.

rach3975 05-07-2019 12:49 AM

Jason-15
Ben-13
Lauren-10

I was a SAHM until Lauren started kindergarten, then I went back to work part time teaching preschool. It's the best of both worlds for me. I get a paycheck, but I'm home any time my kids are. We have the same vacations, snow days, etc. and my hours let me be home until they go to school and beat them home in the afternoon.

I always thought I'd be back working full time by now, but I don't know if we'll reach a point where I can do that. Ben has Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a genetic disorder that includes high functioning autism, ADHD, a speech disorder, a sleep disorder, and more. When he's not in school, I have to be with him. Dan works long hours--he's gone 12 hours a day, sometimes more--and we don't have any local family. Finding good after school care and camps is harder and much more expensive for kids with special needs.

farrijc 05-07-2019 01:19 AM

I knew Rachel and I had kids almost the same ages...

Brady - 15
Drew -12
Mallory -10

I’m pretty much a stay at home mom. I teach a fitness class 3x’s a week and do get paid for that. However, I consider it a productive hobby because when you look at how much time I invest (on top of buying clothes, shoes, music, etc), it’s not like I’m coming out ahead. Lol. But I do love it and it provides me the opportunity to interact with other adults and make new friends!

Kitartas 05-07-2019 04:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SeattleSheri (Post 1062959424)
We have the exact same spacing with our 3 boys, you're just a year ahead of me!! Mine are 15, 12 and almost 2. I get lots of questions about the gap, lol.

I have a big gap too - mine are 20, 19, 10 and 5 - I get asked about the gap all the time and always say i don't recommend it lol

I work part time in finance for aged care (and I LOVE my job)

Leablahblah 05-07-2019 05:24 AM

Nice!
I love getting to know you all a little more.

rach3975 05-07-2019 08:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by farrijc (Post 1062959457)
I knew Rachel and I had kids almost the same ages...

I hadn't realized how close in age they were. We both have 2 boys then a girl, too.

KingsQueen82 05-07-2019 09:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rach3975 (Post 1062959450)
Jason-15
Ben-13
Lauren-10

I was a SAHM until Lauren started kindergarten, then I went back to work part time teaching preschool. It's the best of both worlds for me. I get a paycheck, but I'm home any time my kids are. We have the same vacations, snow days, etc. and my hours let me be home until they go to school and beat them home in the afternoon.

I always thought I'd be back working full time by now, but I don't know if we'll reach a point where I can do that. Ben has Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a genetic disorder that includes high functioning autism, ADHD, a speech disorder, a sleep disorder, and more. When he's not in school, I have to be with him. Dan works long hours--he's gone 12 hours a day, sometimes more--and we don't have any local family. Finding good after school care and camps is harder and much more expensive for kids with special needs.

Rachel,

Whereabouts in NOVA are you? We just moved to Springfield in December and don't know anyone yet but I see we have children in the same-ish age range and of course share our scrappy hobby! If it's not crazy far we should totally get together!?! :D

aussiegirl 05-07-2019 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rach3975 (Post 1062959450)
Jason-15
Ben-13
Lauren-10

I was a SAHM until Lauren started kindergarten, then I went back to work part time teaching preschool. It's the best of both worlds for me. I get a paycheck, but I'm home any time my kids are. We have the same vacations, snow days, etc. and my hours let me be home until they go to school and beat them home in the afternoon.

I always thought I'd be back working full time by now, but I don't know if we'll reach a point where I can do that. Ben has Smith-Magenis Syndrome, a genetic disorder that includes high functioning autism, ADHD, a speech disorder, a sleep disorder, and more. When he's not in school, I have to be with him. Dan works long hours--he's gone 12 hours a day, sometimes more--and we don't have any local family. Finding good after school care and camps is harder and much more expensive for kids with special needs.

Rachel, have you looked into Joni and Friends camps? They focus on special needs kids. Two of my daughter's were going to volunteer at the one near us this summer, but Driver's Training got in the way. Here is the link. Friends of ours volunteer all the time, it seems like a great program (and while you're at it, check out Joni Erickson Tada's life story, it's pretty inspiring!) https://www.joniandfriends.org/minis...mily-retreats/

Kjersti 05-07-2019 11:35 AM

Elyse 18
Faith 15
They were so tiny when I first started at SSD!!! I work full time :)

~Cindy~ 05-07-2019 12:01 PM

Cole (9 will be 10 in June)
Cade (5 birthday in November)
Audrey (2 just turned 2 in April)

I definitely stay home and I also keep a little girl. Sometimes all week sometimes three days it just depends. She's my cousins daughter. I also get another nine year old off the bus in the afternoon and he stays maybe an hour sometimes less. I also help my neighbor (her husband is in the military)
Her son is 5. She needs to leave for work 10-15 minutes prior to the bus so I just get her son on the bus. I always say I have at least 3-4 kids all day. I also make shirts and decals. Basically whatever I feel like making.

icindi 05-07-2019 03:18 PM

I have 4 boys.

Noah, 22
Jonah 20
Jared 19
Ben 18

One just graduated from college, one has finished 2 years of college, one lives locally and works and one is graduating high school this week and headed to college in the fall.
I stay home and have homeschooled the last 12 years. But that's about to end as my son is graduating! I am an architect and will likely work part time in the fall. I'm hoping to take the summer off!

angels 05-07-2019 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SeattleSheri (Post 1062959424)
We have the exact same spacing with our 3 boys, you're just a year ahead of me!! Mine are 15, 12 and almost 2. I get lots of questions about the gap, lol.

Iím told Iím crazy for going back to diapers after so many years lol

SeattleSheri 05-07-2019 03:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kitartas (Post 1062959472)
I have a big gap too - mine are 20, 19, 10 and 5 - I get asked about the gap all the time and always say i don't recommend it lol

I work part time in finance for aged care (and I LOVE my job)

I actually don't mind the gap! Some days I wish it wasn't so big, but it's nice having my older boys around to help out with a very energetic toddler! I do hate the questions though!

Were you trying for a girl? / Are you sad you had ANOTHER boy? ... nope, I wanted three children
Was he an accident? ... nope, I had two M/C along the way, he was definitely planned (not that it matters, lol)
Is it the same dad? ... it actually is!
It must be hard "starting over" ... unless you have multiples, you're starting over every time you have a child :D

lorigaud 05-07-2019 06:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by icindi (Post 1062959548)
I have 4 boys.

Noah, 22
Jonah 20
Jared 19
Ben 18

One just graduated from college, one has finished 2 years of college, one lives locally and works and one is graduating high school this week and headed to college in the fall.
I stay home and have homeschooled the last 12 years. But that's about to end as my son is graduating! I am an architect and will likely work part time in the fall. I'm hoping to take the summer off!

Haha! I also have a Noah and a Ben, and my Ben is even the same age!

AJ - 22
Noah - turning 20 in June
Ben - 18

AJ is graduating college, Ben graduating HS. It's an exciting couple of months coming up!

I am a full time 6th grade math and social studies teacher just about ready to finish up my 30th year. Craziness!

Scrap-therapy 05-08-2019 11:17 AM

I'm a solo mum of twin

A boy and a girl, they are 6 years old (they are from end of february).

Actually I'm a stay at home mom but I'm a pediatric nurse in a maternity unit.

My son seems to have special needs but we are still not sure if it's true and what he really have. Sometime things seems getting better and sometimes things getting harder. We don't know exactly what he could have or if he is a "normal" little boy who just need more time. Since he changes school (he have been bullied at the old one) he seems to do progress and his new teacher is happy with him but we see there's lot's of difference with his twin sister (not comparing them, just see it) so we don't really know if we have to worry or just letting him take his time.
Sometimes it really makes me feel worry and stress for him.

Scrap-therapy 05-08-2019 11:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SeattleSheri (Post 1062959555)
I do hate the questions though!

Were you trying for a girl? / Are you sad you had ANOTHER boy? ... nope, I wanted three children
Was he an accident? ... nope, I had two M/C along the way, he was definitely planned (not that it matters, lol)
Is it the same dad? ... it actually is!
It must be hard "starting over" ... unless you have multiples, you're starting over every time you have a child :D

I truly understand you! Of course I don't have the same question but I hate people asking some stupid things as you have!

lovely1m 05-08-2019 11:22 AM

Nicholas 12

I work full-time in the military.

icindi 05-08-2019 03:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lorigaud (Post 1062959589)
Haha! I also have a Noah and a Ben, and my Ben is even the same age!

AJ - 22
Noah - turning 20 in June
Ben - 18

AJ is graduating college, Ben graduating HS. It's an exciting couple of months coming up!

I am a full time 6th grade math and social studies teacher just about ready to finish up my 30th year. Craziness!

Cool! Our kid are the same ages, too, we just adopted one in the middle after we had the 3. Congrats to your 2 graduates too!

icindi 05-08-2019 03:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scrap-therapy (Post 1062959689)
My son seems to have special needs but we are still not sure if it's true and what he really have. Sometime things seems getting better and sometimes things getting harder. We don't know exactly what he could have or if he is a "normal" little boy who just need more time. Since he changes school (he have been bullied at the old one) he seems to do progress and his new teacher is happy with him but we see there's lot's of difference with his twin sister (not comparing them, just see it) so we don't really know if we have to worry or just letting him take his time.
Sometimes it really makes me feel worry and stress for him.

It's hard. And I think doctors and teachers are slow to label anyone. My youngest started school a year late and was still behind. He had medical issues and we weren't sure what else was going on. He ended up having learning disabilities, too. We decided to homeschool him so we could modify his schoolwork for him, it worked well for him and he caught up in most things over the years. I understand their reluctance to "label" but sometimes it gives direction on how to help the kiddo! Hugs and good luck to you!


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