Striking a Balance between working and being a mom

A recent conversation with my 10 yo son and my husband has me thinking more about this balance of being a working, homeschooling mom. There are times when I feel overwhelmed, when there’s just so much to do and I don’t always get it all done. So I make choices.

But life is about choices.

Somehow the conversation we were having led us to the topic that I could make a lot more money if I worked outside the home.  My hubby pointed out to my son that I could make more than he does, BUT we’ve made the CHOICE that it was more important for me to work from home and be there for the kids.

It’s a choice, and each day I have to choose between the work and the kids. And sometimes that’s not easy.

I don’t always get to homeschool the way I’d like to or the way the kids were prefer (they are back to begging for lapbooks again). But I am there for the discoveries, the cuts and bruises, for the hugs, and miscellaneous questions and stray thoughts right when they are thinking of them. I can’t possibly replace that or ever regret that.

And, as I have made the choice to return to working outside the home once before – for a 2 year stint when my older children were 4 and 2 - I know what the consequences are – both to me and to our family. And frankly for ME, the price is too high. 

And while, I know that not every one can make that choice, nor should they, I am thankful that I can make the choice and that I did.  I may not be the “perfect” stay-at-home mom, and my house is rarely “visitor” level clean, but I’m there. And that’s what’s important to me.

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2 Responses to Striking a Balance between working and being a mom

  1. I am so thankful that God has given us the opportunity to have this choice. For many years it wasn’t even possible. Through prayer, God made a way where there wasn’t a way before. He is so wonderful to give us the desires of our heart.

  2. Hi – I am enjoying your site! I also have a blog, website and product for work/life balance and work stress relief. It’s part of a new company called Happy Hour Effect LLC started by me, a young widow mother, after 13 years in corporate America dealing with my own work/life stress. I developed a health supplement specifically to help ease work stress and I post motivational stories and advice on the company’s online sites. Check out the website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. http://www.HappyHourEffect.com Let me know if you want to link back to each other!
    Thanks and good luck! Kristen Brown

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