I regret that I didn't get the choice to be a stay at home Mom to my only child when he was young. If I could go back and do it over, I would definitely stay home and raise him myself. I was blessed in many ways because I worked for a family business so I was able to take him to work with me and therefore I was there for his first steps, first words, etc..., but it wasn't the same as being able to be there for him 24/7. When my son was 14 I had an opportunity to be a stay at home Mom for a few months and I loved it. When Michael would come home from school he would tell me about his day and we would talk, I think it was a special time. I have come to peace with that part of my life and I know that during his formative teen years when he needed me most I was there for him more than I was able to be when he was a small child. I know I am a great Mom and I did the best that I could with the time that I had and I am proud to say Michael has turned out just fine. He is in college now and is talking with the Marines about enlisting later this year. I am a proud mother.