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04 October 2007


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"How it would be to want to stay home with my kids and be unable to. It's a swift kick in the butt that makes me especially thankful I'm where I am."

Exactly!! So nice to hear someone acknowledge this. I’m a working mother and I would love to stay home.

There was a time in my life when I thought work was exciting and staying at home with small children was stifling. That time was called “college.” In other words, before I had a child and before I had worked a day in my life. :) I wasn’t even out of college for six months when I realized that work really, really sucks. All the delusions put into my head my parents, teachers and professors about how great working is came crashing down. And no, I don’t think it was just because my job was entry-level. Five years later, it’s not much different. Very few corporate jobs appeal to me, no matter what level.

I also wasn’t prepared for how attached I felt to my baby girl when I had her 3 years ago. I hated leaving her to go back to work. Stay-at-home moms are very, very lucky.

But at the same time, I do have goals other than raising children. I guess my ideal situation would be to stay home full time until my youngest child was in kindergarten, and at that point I’d be ready to go back to work part time. I despise the corporate world, but there are other things that would be fulfilling to me that I would like to do someday, such as having my own business as a freelance writer or freelance graphic designer, or working for a Catholic publication or organization. I would still want to be home when my kids got home from school, though. I like the saying “you can have it all, but not all at once.” Our society tries to tell mothers that they must have it all at the same time.

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