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2018-11-08 06:47:32 PM  
There is no harder job than being a stay-at-home parent.
 
2018-11-08 09:15:14 PM  

The English Major: There is no harder job than being a stay-at-home parent.


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More difficult than it looks, but at
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2018-11-08 11:01:23 PM  
Make more money? Then you can hire a nanny.
 
2018-11-09 02:03:13 AM  

The English Major: There is no harder job than being a stay-at-home parent.


I'm not sure if that is meant as a joke or not.

The thing is, stay at home parents deal with N children, right?  Two children has to be more work than one child, I think we can all agree on that.  For the sake of simplicity, say it is a linear scale.  Two children is twice as hard as one child.  Three children is three times as hard as one.

I have one child and am currently not working.  It's easy as hell.  The most difficult part is the bottle feeding, being able to breast feed would make my life so much easier, and that is an option for many stay at home parents.

The amount of free time I have is staggering.  In average, in any three hour period, the baby will sleep two.  That's not an example of a good baby either, that is the expected range.  At this age, 16 hours of sleep is expected.

Play with him for ten minutes, change him, feed him, put him to sleep.  Repeat.  It is easy.  Mildly frustrating at times, but easy.  I played six hours of red dead redemption, had pizza for lunchl, watched porn, and watched dead pool 2 while providing 'full time daycare' to my child, while my wife was at work.  She works ten hour days, with a lunch and a long commute.

Literally every job I have had in my life has been harder than what I do now.  Now, you add in another kid and *maybe* it would compare to a low stress office job.  At three kids, okay sure, now it is comparable, and with four or more, that might be up there with working 60 hours....

But one kid is easy
 
2018-11-09 07:34:06 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: The English Major: There is no harder job than being a stay-at-home parent.

I'm not sure if that is meant as a joke or not.

The thing is, stay at home parents deal with N children, right?  Two children has to be more work than one child, I think we can all agree on that.  For the sake of simplicity, say it is a linear scale.  Two children is twice as hard as one child.  Three children is three times as hard as one.

I have one child and am currently not working.  It's easy as hell.  The most difficult part is the bottle feeding, being able to breast feed would make my life so much easier, and that is an option for many stay at home parents.

The amount of free time I have is staggering.  In average, in any three hour period, the baby will sleep two.  That's not an example of a good baby either, that is the expected range.  At this age, 16 hours of sleep is expected.

Play with him for ten minutes, change him, feed him, put him to sleep.  Repeat.  It is easy.  Mildly frustrating at times, but easy.  I played six hours of red dead redemption, had pizza for lunchl, watched porn, and watched dead pool 2 while providing 'full time daycare' to my child, while my wife was at work.  She works ten hour days, with a lunch and a long commute.

Literally every job I have had in my life has been harder than what I do now.  Now, you add in another kid and *maybe* it would compare to a low stress office job.  At three kids, okay sure, now it is comparable, and with four or more, that might be up there with working 60 hours....

But one kid is easy


Even then...if we're just going by a linear scaling based on N children, teachers automatically win.
 
2018-11-09 04:47:05 PM  

hammer85: Fark_Guy_Rob: The English Major: There is no harder job than being a stay-at-home parent.

I'm not sure if that is meant as a joke or not.

The thing is, stay at home parents deal with N children, right?  Two children has to be more work than one child, I think we can all agree on that.  For the sake of simplicity, say it is a linear scale.  Two children is twice as hard as one child.  Three children is three times as hard as one.

I have one child and am currently not working.  It's easy as hell.  The most difficult part is the bottle feeding, being able to breast feed would make my life so much easier, and that is an option for many stay at home parents.

The amount of free time I have is staggering.  In average, in any three hour period, the baby will sleep two.  That's not an example of a good baby either, that is the expected range.  At this age, 16 hours of sleep is expected.

Play with him for ten minutes, change him, feed him, put him to sleep.  Repeat.  It is easy.  Mildly frustrating at times, but easy.  I played six hours of red dead redemption, had pizza for lunchl, watched porn, and watched dead pool 2 while providing 'full time daycare' to my child, while my wife was at work.  She works ten hour days, with a lunch and a long commute.

Literally every job I have had in my life has been harder than what I do now.  Now, you add in another kid and *maybe* it would compare to a low stress office job.  At three kids, okay sure, now it is comparable, and with four or more, that might be up there with working 60 hours....

But one kid is easy

Even then...if we're just going by a linear scaling based on N children, teachers automatically win.


I should have been more specific - in my head I was thinking 'newborn' children, even though I didn't explicitly state that.  I do think that, obviously, age is a factor.  In many (most/all?) places there are regulations on daycare providers that limit the number of children per caregiver and it's always the lowest for newborns.  Looking at the legally permitted maximum ratios in my state, it looks like a single newborn requires the attention of roughly seven elementary school aged children.  So watching three newborns is the "legal" equivalent of watching 21 eight year-olds.

Though, I think there is a strong argument to be made for the quality of care as well.  I've had terrible elementary school teachers - you could put 50 kids in their room and they weren't really doing any more work.  But an active, engaged, caring teacher would have.

In any case - without a doubt - there are harder jobs, IMHO.
 
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