Stay-at-Home Mom Dreams of Becoming a Doctor, But Husband Says It’s Too Expensive
A Reddit user shares a story of his stay-at-home wife, who has been watching many medical TV shows recently. She has now been obsessed with becoming a doctor and trying to convince him to pay for all her medical school applications.
She Chose To Be A Stay-At-Home Mom
The original poster (OP) said he never forced her to stay home and watch their two kids. Instead, after they got married, his wife asked him to stay home.
But, after watching a few medical dramas on TV, she has been motivated to become a doctor. However, OP says his wife has been out of her degree for over ten years and hasn’t attempted to take the MCAT.
Additionally, OP says the cost of tuition and childcare would significantly impact their finances. He prefers to save their money for retirement and their children’s college.
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Supporting Her Dream
OP tried to be open-minded to support her dreams of working in the medical field by suggesting she become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
To OP, becoming a CNA is more of a realistic goal. And, then, if she wants, she can attempt medical school. However, OP’s wife got upset and said he was robbing her of her career goals.
She refuses to take the MCAT because she thinks studying will slow her down and waste time. And she is against applying to a few schools to save money. Instead, OP’s wife believes applying to 50 medical schools will increase her chances of getting accepted.
Asking The Community For Their Recommendations
A retired nurse on Reddit asked if OP’s wife would be open to being a Registered Nurse (RN). As long as she has a Bachelor’s degree, she can apply for a 16-month accelerated program as an RN.
The same Reddit user said that if she decides to be an RN, she’ll realize that these medical dramas don’t reflect reality.
Many Reddit users are encouraging OP’s wife to try the MCAT first to get a dose of reality. Also, the Reddit community pointed out that 50 applications would significantly impact their family finances.
Is OP wrong for stopping his wife’s medical dreams? Is OP’s wife being realistic by skipping the MCAT and applying to 50 medical schools? Is OP wrong in wanting to save for their retirement and children’s college?
This article was produced and syndicated by Parent Portfolio.
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