An interesting article – what do you think? It is an issue I constantly feel guilty about. I will always feel guilty about going back to work full time after baby number one but becoming a stay at home mum after baby number two; I feel guilty for growing my business and sometimes being away from my children three evenings a week and at weekends. To enable me to ease my guilt and spend time with my children, my business works around them – I take my children to school and I collect them and I often work late into the night to write and complete my admin after they have gone to bed.
I schedule my classes and meetings around as many school performances and sports days as I can – I need them to know they are loved and valued, that they are a glorious part of my life, not an inconvenience and just something else I need to juggle.
I agree with the sentiment of the article – our children do need us, I believe it is our job to raise them, to look after them and to keep them safe, happy and healthy. But, for me, I want to work – I love my job, I have built a small business I am proud of, I want my children to see the pride I take in my work and how important it is to me – and I also want to contribute to the family financial pot.
We are all different, with varying priorities and needs, and most of us just want to do our best for our families, so we’ll carry on juggling, feeling exhausted and guilty but taking comfort and enjoyment from the cuddles, chats and time with our children. There is nothing better than being silly, than putting work and responsibility to one side to focus on our children, to really listen to them, to play, to read, to snuggle.