[quote="TheRealJuliane, post:9, topic:242544"]
I used to get, "So what do YOU do?" as in, "What is your profession?" and then I would say, "I am home raising my sons." End of conversation. They would just drift away, if at a party, or if it was a one-on-one conversation with another mom, say, "Oh, I could NEVER do that!" or, "I was so BORED when I stayed home with my baby!" What do you say to that?? "I'm so stupid, I really LOVE being home with MY baby!" :p
I have a BA in English, concentration in Linguistics. I was over-qualified for baby talk, but found it fascinating nonetheless.
I would answer to that question, "So you're not using your degree?"
"Actually, I use ALL of my education every day, as I raise my kids to be the next generation of productive and patriotic Americans*!" :thumbsup:
or, "faithful followers of Christ," or any of a dozen other descriptive phrases
It occurs to me that people may give me an easier time because of my degree.
One of my professors said that when he goes to parties and people ask him what he does, he says he's a teacher. Oh, they say, where do you teach? Over at the college. Really? What do you teach? Chemistry.
The reaction to this is invariably silence, followed by changing the subject, or else something like "Chemistry! Oh, Lord, how I hated chemistry!" and THEN changing the subject.
So maybe I'm lucky because I didn't train for a job that most people would prefer to doing laundry!
Seriously, though, what I say to "I was so BORED when I stayed home with my baby!" is a variation on, "I love it, and heaven knows it works for the family better than having me working, but not everyone can do it, that's true. We all have to find what we're meant to do."
You have to remember that a great many families envy those of us with a parent that is so flexible. They feel guilty that they don't volunteer at school or spend as much time with their young children as they would like to. They feel worn out trying to get everything done, but they don't want to give up a job that lets them pay someone else to vacuum and clean their toilets. Or they really do believe that their education owns them, and that they are failing the gifts God gave them if they don't go out and make some money or "better society" with them.
With regards to their life, that's their call. We just don't have to concern ourselves when they project their decisions, their needs, or their insecurities onto us.