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Are you also a parent that feels guilty because your economic reality bites into

  1. Dreds profile image51
    Dredsposted 8 years ago

    Are you also a parent that feels guilty because your economic reality bites into your parent time?

    What stories of your own childhood would you like to replicate for your children/child but find it unlikely to be possible? Eg fishing every weekend?  Horse riding and feeding baby animals?  Please share the pain, and lighten your load.

  2. kgnature profile image57
    kgnatureposted 8 years ago

    My children are grown now -- they seem to have come through it OK.

    When they were small, I felt guilty when I was at work and  they were with a sitter, and when I was at home I was I worried that if I didn’t focus more on my career I wouldn’t be able to properly provide for them. 

    For me, it wasn’t just the fact that I needed to spend more quality time with them, which was important, but also I felt that they needed to remember growing up in a fresh, clean home with home cooked meals.  I felt that they needed memories of the smell of gingerbread and pumpkin pies baking during the holidays.   

    I tried hard to build lots of good memories for them, but frankly I don’t remember most of it because I was trying so hard to make everything perfect that I would go long periods of time with only 2 or 3 hours sleep a night.  I can’t tell you how many times I woke up to find myself in a rocking chair with a sleeping child and an open storybook in my lap. 

    I know now that by trying too hard you accomplish less.  I wish I could go back and do it again with the perspective I have now and find some balance in that period of my life.

  3. profile image0
    manumposted 7 years ago

    My real question is what does the car have to do with dating requirements of single and well to do Australians?

 
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