"Have You Found a Nanny Yet?"
I do not think you have to give up work entirely to have a great family -- and all of this applies to Stay-at-Home Dads too. I think you have to settle for a career that isn't as high up as you hoped, and for many -- including myself -- that is fine. My personal priorities go to my family, and then money. Recognizing that I cannot be jobless, I am settling for my happy medium. I am not as high up in the chain of command as I could be at work, but am doing enough to pull in money while still being able to focus on my family. I am not aiming for the highest high, which is what some people try and, whether they realize it or not, fail to do.
I am not getting a nanny. I am not sacrificing multiple recitals, soccer games, and PTA meetings so that I can be at the top of my field. There has to be a balance, not a competition. Although it will finance them, working eighty hours a week is not going to nurture your relationships at home, and I cannot accept that a career is more important.
We cannot have it all, and there is nothing wrong with that.
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