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. Let me know if you want to link back to each other!
    Thanks and good luck! Kristen Brown

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