For the better part of my childhood, my mother was a stay-at-home mom. Before I started 5th grade, she left the house on a regular basis during the day; my older cousin would babysit until she returned home. I’m not sure what the job was (or if it was a job at all), but I believe she was either going to school to be a beautician, or working in a beauty shop. When we moved to Long Island, she became a stay-at-home mom again. A few years after we moved to Long Island, my mother took a school bus driver job, but that job only lasted one school year. She never worked outside of the home after that.