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It's Not Luck, It's My Choice
It's Not Luck, It's My Choice

Dr. Laura:

I recently heard you mention a good comeback when someone tells a stay-at-home parent that they're "so lucky."  You said, "No luck; just a choice."  I wouldn't trade my staying home for anything.  Sure, it's a sacrifice, but I don't need a fancy work wardrobe or expensive shoes.  I clean my own house, eat peanut butter for lunch and manage a budget.  Because we're on one income, we say "no" to a lot of things.  We've made that work for 20 years. 

Each time I wonder if it's time to re-enter the work force now that my kids are older teens, it makes me sad to think of them coming home to an empty house.  I love making them healthy snacks after school, hearing about their day and preparing dinner for all of us.  They may not appreciate every moment, but I cherish the time with them.  I'm never bored.

I have no shame in being an at-home mom and have never felt I needed the "fulfillment" of a career.  I have three degrees and feel my biggest accomplishment is seeing my children thrive!  So, it's not luck -- just our choice and sacrifice along the way, and it's all worth it.


Remember that you can either read "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands," or you can take my video course based on the book.  To find out more about the course, go to marriage one oh one dot com.
Tags: Choose Wisely-Treat Kindly, Parenting, Regarding Dr. Laura, Stay-at-Home Mom, Values
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