I have a company that I run out of my home. It is mostly computer based and the income is highly variable depending on the time of year, the year itself etc. Some years/months I make really good money. Some years/months, not so good. It all evens out and just requires a bit of planning. Mom doesn't get this concept. Since I can't tell her my monthly salary, she acts as if I don't have a job. Just talked to her this evening and I'm a bit discouraged, mostly because we were talking about the economy. I think it's easier to hear when the month or year is "off" but the business is doing really well right now so I had a hard time with the fact that she doesn't think that I earn money. She literally says that I just need to wait for DH to bring home the paycheck!! I never say anything other than pointing out that I do contribute to the household income and then I change the subject. What would you do? I'm 40 and she's 68. Also, her knowledge of computers is just slightly more than turning on the machine . . .