I worked for many years building a career that I loved. I felt very rewarded in the work I did and contributions I made, however no amount of self-gratification, money, accolades, or benefits could keep me from making the decision to leave it all and focus solely on being completely present for my children.
I was very fortunate to be able to leave the workforce and concentrate on my children during their developmental years. I know many mothers who wish they could stay at home and still have the lifestyle their two income household affords.
I can’t express how rewarding it’s been to watch my children grow and evolve, to share in all the memories only mommies with flexibility can experience - being able to help out in my children’s classrooms, being home in the afternoon to help with homework or take them to extracurricular activities, or even sometimes surprising them by showing up during their lunchtime to have lunch with them.
My kids tell me often how much they love me being home in the afternoons because almost all of their friends’ parents both work and they realize how rare and special it is to have a mom that isn’t working. Now that my children are getting older I am taking on consulting projects, still at home but slowly easing myself back into work mode.
Though I may find myself back in full swing as a career woman someday, I am so grateful that I took the time off to concentrate on the most important job I’ll ever have.