I have always thought of myself as career minded. It never had anything to do with money, but finding success and accomplishment. As a young adult I worked my way into a great career path that I enjoyed and was successful at.
Although I enjoyed the job tremendously, I had two small children at home who missed mommy time. After a while I was ridden with guilt over not spending time with them. I realized that Saturday and Sunday were not enough. My oldest was about to enter kindergarten and I thought about all the school events I would probably miss out on and I thought about all the milestone moments I had missed with my babies.
With careful consideration, I made the decision to leave my career behind. My new career title became “MOM”. Full time mom comes with an even bigger sense of success and accomplishment as you see your kids grow and develop. When both of the kids were in elementary school I started teaching part time and I still enjoyed all the class parties, field days, field trips and activities I got to be involved in. I never minded being the chauffeur or taxi driver to sporting events. When the kids made mistakes I was there for the teachable moment or if their feelings got hurt I was there to offer encouragement.
My kids are almost grown now, high school. Where did the time go? Do they still need me? Of course they do, sometimes more than when they were little. They seek advice and guidance as they grow into young adults. Is my career as “MOM” over? The job of “MOM” never goes away, but it does change. Over the next few years as my kids move on to college I will reinvent my career but I will always be MOM.
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