Husband Says Quit My Job!

Updated on March 23, 2008
J.H. asks from Fairfield, IA
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Hi everyone i am a little frustrated at the moment. I work at Curves and I only work 2-3 days a week and today my husband told me to just quit my job because he's tired! we have one daughter and are trying to get pregnant again at the moment, and he only has to watch her up to 2 days a week while i'm at work. I enjoy my job but sometimes i would rather just be home with my little girl! I don't know what to do and i don't know if my husband just said that because he is tired and wanted to get some extra zzz's anyways i don't know what to do. We are also talking about moving within the next 2 months so we have alot on our plate right now! Just wanted a little advice! thanks for your time!

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well i just wanted to thank everyone for there advice. We are getting away this weekend and i hope to try to discuss everything with him and get everything figured out! I really don't think that he wants me to quit my job, he was just really tired from work so i think we have pretty much worked everything out! thanks again!

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answers from Lincoln on

J. theis is a big thing to think about!!! I stayed home with my kids for 2 years and it was great and it was horriable!! I loved being home with my kids, but I lost all social interaction with adults. When my hubby got home he wanted to do nothing because he had worked all day and so I never went out. After so long it went back to work part time and I love that. I think that it is important for stay at home moms to have an out every now and again!!! If you stay at mom try to have a play group with other moms, or start to do a home based business. Something that will get you out of the house and with people

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answers from Waterloo on

Hi J.!

Let me get this straight. He wants you to quit your job, because he's tired and doesn't want to watch your daughter, but he wants you to get preggers again? So, if he is too tired to watch your daughter now, who is going to watch her when a new baby arrives? He's kinda contradicting himself, isn't he? You need to be able to get out of the house somehow, and 2-3 days a week isn't bad.

You might also consider a home based business with some type of party plan, and that way you'd only be gone a few hours a week. There are some very lucrative ones out there, depending on your interests. I'm and ED with Passion Parties, but I've also been thinking about doing Pampered Chef as well, as I love to cook. It just depends on your interests. Be leary of any home business, and make sure that you check them out completely, as I through $1000's away trying everything. Steer clear of Herbalife! There are so many scams out there, and I think I've managed to find every one of them, so if have any questions on any of them, contact me.

If money isn't an issue, maybe you could just join curves, and that would still get you out of the house, and help you to lose the weight, and you'd still get to be home with your daughter. I wish you well.



answers from Lincoln on

Hi J.,
I think that you and your husband need to sit down and have a good discussion about what you both want. List the pro's and con's of everything so that you can discuss them easier. If your husband wants you to quit your job because he doesn't want to watch your daughter them maybe you should wait to have another child for awhile. I don't know how your husband is with your child, can you go out without him complaining he has to watch her. You didn't say where he worked or his hours, if he works nights then he probably is pretty tired and needs help with your daughter when you are working. I am a mother of two and have a home daycare and a web-based marketing business. I personally think that the best thing for a child when growing up is to be home with mom, dad, or both. I do have days when I want to pull all my hair out but there are many more days that I truely love what I do. It would be nice to have some adult conversation sometimes though. Do you like working at curves so you can get out once in awhile and socialize? I think that is a good idea especially if your husband can be home with your daughter. Being a new mom that is a big change and being able to be around other people sometimes helps a lot. I think that if your husband wants you to quit now then when you have two kids he will want you to even more, also if you are going to be moving soon then you will need to be packing stuff and getting ready, but only working two to three days a week you should still be able to get that stuff done. I am not a psychiatrist and I hope that I didn't offend you in any way but I think you and your husband just need to talk and see what will be the best for the both of you. I hope that I helped and good luck in whatever you decide. Take Care and God Bless



answers from Sioux Falls on

Hi J.

I know how you feel. I have gone through similar situations over the past 5 years.

What ever you choose, make sure it is something that also "fills your cup".
i recently began working out of my home to earn extra income for the household.
I went to and viewed the job listings they have posted. I applied for several different positions and am now taking Pledge calls for PBS Stations and St Jude Childrens Research Center.
I love it!!

It is something to think about :o)

Best to you ~

T. K
"Working from home thanks to"



answers from Boise on

It sounds like your job is very important to you. What a great environment to help you with you stress and health! Have you discussed with your husband how you feel about working? Would another career fit what he wants better? Maybe working a weekend day or a couple evenings? That is what I do and it works very nicely. Bottom line, you need to come to an agreement together that suits the two of you and your baby. Best of luck!



answers from Boise on

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answers from Iowa City on

Being from the same town you are, I know there is not a whole lot to do around here. If you are looking to meet people and to have "adult conversation" I really do suggest keeping your job. I stayed at home for a while after I had my youngest son and then I decided to go back to school. After going back, I realized that school was my "sanity" time. Don't get me wrong, I absolutly love being with my kids, but I also need that adult interaction. It's not like you are working full time and are always away from your daughter or your family. You still have time to spend with them, but you also need "me" time. If you can only get that at work then that is where you need to stay. Good luck to you and if you do end up moving... LUCKY YOU!!!



answers from Des Moines on

Hi, I would find out if he's more stressed because of all the possible changes coming up or if he maybe was just extra tired at that moment. If you have something that gets you out mixing with adults you enjoying then I wouldn't necessarily drop it. If you are going to moving soon to somewhere other than in town and you'd have to quit anyway, then maybe quitting a little earlier would be a good idea so that you can concentrate on those other things that need to get done. However, your getting out of the house is probably good for both of you. He'd probably be telling you to get out and do something if you weren't. Gives both of you breaks from depending on the other for adult stimulation and gives your daughter a break too for something different.

Your daughter is probably just starting to really get moving and it does take a lot of energy. and if you're really planning on another baby, the extra stress could be keeping you from getting pregnant and also adding to it.

I have 2 that are not quite 2 years apart, and they keep you busy. I actually read a few things that said when siblings are 2 years or closer in age it really can be almost like having twins because they are so close in needs, development, etc. That can wear you and your husband out.



answers from Sioux City on

Hi J., I can see your frustration.. However if you enjoy your job, i would definitly stick with it. I would love to work at a place that encorages weight loss. If he is getting tired of watching your child then maybe you could find someone else to watch your daughter. She's not even a year old and your trying again? That will be alot of work if you do get pregnant. I have an 11 month old and am expecting another in march. It's alot of work and wasn't planned on my part. but you are quite a bit younger and will prob. be able to pull through it better, especially considering its planned. good luck... I have been a stay home mother for abour four years and would give anything to get out of the house a couple days a week to work. However you could just talk to your husband and see if he's serious and if he is then maybe give it a try. Then you can always find another job if you need too, but it will prob. not be the one your at now. so i would stop and think about how much you like your job now.



answers from Great Falls on

Hi my name is A. and I can totally relate to what you are going through! I am a stay at home mom of two girls 16mo and 3mo and when the time came for me to go back to work I was devistated. I compleatly understand as far as your husband goes too, mine did the same! Needless to say I found something that lets me stay at home with my girls and make money.
I sell The Body Shop at Home, I absolutly love it. I am not your typical direct sales person and to be honest with you I never really saw myself doing direct sales but I love it now! It is a great way to start your own business and you definitly get what you put into it. It is a wonderful opportunity and there are a ton of stay at home moms who are with our company. Let me know if that might be something you would be interested in. I can send you some info or feel free to check out my web site at

I wish you all the luck in being able to stay at home I know how amazing it is:) Just a tidbit I usually make $100 a party!



answers from Rapid City on

Hi J.:

Have you thought about working from home while your little one is small? I am a stay-at-home mom with three children. I started working with the Stayin Home and Lovin It team and it's been SO AWESOME!! I never had the chance to stay home before and I really love being there for my children and making money. This is my own business so I'm able to grow it at my own speed. You can check out my website and see if it's something you'd be interested in.
You can still go to Curves and work out and have your friends. I would highly encourage that. But how nice would it be to be there everyday when that little one does those new things they always do! I personally wouldn't change it for the world.
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answers from Lincoln on


I guess by quitting a job you need to ask youself if the job is helping you out financially, something to help out your resume (which is good), or a job you are not enjoying but it is something you have to do. If your job is high stress and plus your trying to get pregnant that is not going to help the situation. Also you have a little angel at home too, that you are missing for sure. Kids only stay little once and then they are running all over later and now is the best time to spend the time you can with them. I once had a manager that told me to work part-time and also be home with my kids. I would say it is all up to you. If you need the job financially I would stick with it. Tell your husband to throw in a movie or two for your little one for an hour or so while he sleeps. I hope whatever you decide it all works out for the best, good luck!


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