Agh... I know this is a tough one! Some of us choose to work because we find it fulfilling. Some of us simply HAVE to work and don’t have a choice not to. Some of us want to contribute more to our families or want to have more to give more. Whatever the reason is, we’ve all missed out on special moments that we wished we could have been around for.
I always thought that it was most important to be around for my kids while they were little. And I still believe that... it’s when they are most impressionable, it’s when their foundations are built and their character is developed. But now that my kids are older, I find it almost more important to be around now! This is when we connect, when they need guidance, help with their homework and a listening ear. I am finding it even more important to just be present. I also feel that these ages (8, 10 & 12) are easier in ways, but much more challenging in other ways. It would be easy to just let them do their own thing, ignore their challenging behavior and just hope that they turn out okay in the end... but that would be a disaster! It takes so much more patience, self control and wisdom to parent my kids now. And from what everyone says, it’s only going to get harder! 😳
I worked a part time 9-5 for only 6 months. And let me tell you... it was exhausting! I was so tired when I came home, yet I still had to cook and clean, help with homework, do laundry, buy groceries, pack kid’s lunch for the next day, give the kids showers, make dinner, help with homework, tuck them into bed and somehow take care of myself?! I felt as if I was always burning the candle at both ends and I wasn’t a very good mom. It wasn’t fair to anyone.
However.... ya’ll! I don’t do that anymore! It’s just not for me! But I’m one of those who NEED to work because I NEED the money! So I had to get creative. I tried and failed at a couple different things, and felt lost with what to do. Until I found “it”... 10 months ago, i found something that allows me to work from wherever I am. I am not locked into anything and the up front cost was extremely low for starting my own business. I am involved with something that has zero competition (continued⬇️)