A friend of mine just called me. She's being looking for a person to fill in a position at her job for like 2 weeks now. A woman came to interview with her. She's been out of work 23 years (and just went back to school about 2 years ago). My friend comments about how she's not been working for the time, and she says she's been a stay at home mom. My firend didn't ask but she said that her youngest was 19 and she finally feels ready to enter the workforce again. Does this seem a little odd to anyone else? I mean, why you be a stay at home mom for so long if you clearly need to work? Couldn't she have gotten a job when her kid was like 5 (that's when they start school for most of the day)? I mean, I think waiting until you kids is almost 20 is a bit much. So, it got me and my friend thinking, is there an age when you don't really have to be a stay at home? I mean, when you have like say an infant, you need to be there 24/7 basically, but does the same apply to a 13 year old? Me, and my friend, came to the conclusion that about 13-14 is the age and most moms, mainly those whose households need the extra income, who don't go back to work just don't want to. I think a lot of stay at home moms say their kids need them and that;s why they stay so long, when it's really they don't want to be working.