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WriterSpeaksPoetry: One Parent

by WriterSpeaksPoetry

Lisa,

When the kids left for school this morning, I sat at the dining table wondering how much longer I could keep up the routine.  I remember the promises we made to sacrifice our careers, put them on hold, for the tomorrow of our kids but how much longer?  When do they really grow up? We said we’ll go back to full-time careers when our firsts are 8-year olds – we figured by then they’ll be old enough to care for themselves. Now our second kids are just 4 & 5 and I’m scared of leaving them to another’s care – what with all the stories of house helps and the atrocities committed against children.

Honestly Lisa, I miss the hustle and bustle of our 8 – 5s/ 6s/ 10s… I miss the traffic and sneaking out of the office by 5pm… Had I stayed on, I’d have been a Manager by now.

But I treasure the bond I’ve built with my kids but when do I call it quits.  I love them. My husband has made home-wifery easy on me but do you ever wonder if these 8 years were too much of a sacrifice? My kids’ friends’ parents and teachers think my decision is paying off, some envy, yet others wonder why I abandoned such a great career.

Hmmm… today is a new day, back to my studying for my MBA exams, how many more certificates before I get back to work?

I’ll do this again if I have the chance but it had better be worth it… When do we know our decisions paid off?

In defence of one stay-home parent.

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