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Work or no work?

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Work or no work?

I was able to stay home with my oldest for one year but, then the next 5 years I was mostly gone working. Now that I have number two I realize how important it is that I am there for them. I regret missing so much of my first sons life but, my not working could put a serious financial strain on our family. I am optimistic though because I’ve got a home-based business that is going very well. I am curious about other mothers opinions on the matter? I know it can be a hot debate, and it is definitely not my intention to downplay anyone’s decision. Staying home with the kids also means being in charge of the dishes and laundry. Sometimes I feel like my talents, knowledge, and skills are going unused. But I recently read a nice article about our children and how important a mother is to them! That made me feel better. And I do feel like I am living a life of purpose. I think that it could be one of the problems with our society these days that our kids don’t have two parents and sometimes they don’t get to see the one that they have. Everyone is running so fast, trying to just get by or get ahead. Some may say “it is what it is”, or “we are doing the best we can.” I know that is the truth in many cases, but I believe we need to start talking about other options. There is a way to have both financial security and time with your children! I have found it and I can help you too

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  1. Hi Jessica, I think you are right that this is a complex issue! I believe there is no one-size-fits-all answer and that it’s 100% a personal decision for each mother and her family. Whatever works for you – emotionally, financially, mentally – is what will be best for your kid, since they will be able to sense that mom is satisfied or not. And for some families, that means different things at different stages of child-rearing. Whatever you decide, pick what is best for your family, and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks!

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    1. I totally agree with this. I just wanted to start a conversation about why people have chosen what they have and how they feel about there decision. Some moms wish it could be different for them and are actually unsatisfied with their current situation. If they can hear from other moms how they made things work out to best fit what is in tier heart it could help!

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  2. I completely agree with Dr. Jen. You have to decide what is best for your own family, depending on the stage you are in. What works when they are in diapers may change completely once they are in school full time. A perfect balance is difficult to find, and mommy guilt will probably affect you no matter the decision you make!

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  3. I agree! I continued working after my first child was born, but decided to stay home after having my second. Every family situation is different and I agree that we just have to do whatever is best for our family. I think it’s great that you are able to stay home while continuing to build your home-based business!

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    1. I am incredibly grateful for my situation!

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