The guest blog topics have really stirred up a lot of emotions, from both sides. I love conversation and this is a great topic to discuss. Not only are the comments coming in but I have received several private messages from readers wanting to share their thoughts privately. My inbox has never been this active! I believe the “to stay home? or to work?” debate will always be a tough one for parents, especially in today’s economy.
When it comes down to the average family, the debate can often come down to finances. How important is money to you? What can you afford and what do you need? Is it feasible to concentrate on your career/go back to school? In the end, will that money change your family for the better? Or is love all you need to ensure your children have a bright future? It’s a tough one. I have many friends who come from the school of thought that all you need is love and enough money for the necessities. I often wish that my mind could think that way but unfortunately, I have a love-hate relationship with money that I just can’t shake.
We are still finding that balance – the life that gives us the quality time with our kids & allows us to continue to pursue our interests, while trying to work on career and building that nest egg for the future. Maybe our definition of balance is different from yours. It all comes down to priorities. There is no right or wrong answers and rarely does life go according to “the plan”. All we can do is be confident in our decisions, know in our hearts that what we are doing is right for our family and deal with the bumps in the road along the way.