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Monday, April 10, 2006

Why I work...

Why I work…
This is a tough question. Truthfully the reason I went back to work after having my daughter (born Nov. 2000) was because I made more money than my husband. We had some debts; we had only been married 2 years and had recently bought our first house. Neither of us made much so we needed the combined income. In our small town I had found a good small daycare which was reasonably priced. But most importantly the women there LOVED the children!

I had a very hard time leaving her and wondered if I’d ever get used to it. But when I saw how happy she was as she got older I realized that she was just fine and so was I. When it was time to go back to work after having my son (born Aug. 2003) it was also difficult, but I knew right away that he would be fine too. They are now 5 ½ and 2 ¾ and are wonderful children with good friends at “school” who they have known their whole lives.

I know now that it would be difficult for me to stay at home full time. I need the adult interaction and mental stimulation that work gives me. I do wish that there was a possibility of part time work that paid close to what I make now, but I haven’t found it yet. I like my job and feel that I am good at what I do. The rewards are fulfilling for me (both the paycheck and the satisfaction of a job well done).

If I felt that my children were suffering I would quit work today, but I know that I am doing a great job with raising them also. Those rewards are a million times as satisfying and fulfilling! My children are happy, well behaved, very confident and social. I am often told by acquaintances that my children are very sweet and well behaved. I am very proud of them (if you can’t tell already!). I also believe that they are proud of me and have much respect for me. We work together and help each other out in my household because my kids know that Mom and Dad have a commitment to do their job at work. They also know that we still have plenty of time to love them, listen to them and care for them at home.
So, the reasons that I work are many; the job satisfaction and the paycheck probably come in first. But the example that I am setting for my children as a person who can have many commitments and do many things well is also an accomplishment that I am proud of.


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