My high school daughter’s homework assignment was to ask her parents if they went to college and how many career changes they had made – in other words, did going to college or not make a difference in their career path?
I have always regretted not going to college. At first, I told my daughter I made four career changes in my life. I worked at jobs that allowed my children to always be at home with either me or my husband. I am not a fan of daycare. I didn’t want to pay someone else to do the job I wanted, which was raising my children.
After thinking more about it, I told my daughter to change my response to “I have had one career and that is being your mother.” This change in perception has given me newfound confidence. I’m very proud of the career I’ve chosen. I’ve been “on the job” for 25 years. My daughter wants to be a mother someday, and the careers that interest her the most are the ones that will allow her to be a full-time mom.
For any mother who feels unsuccessful because she is putting her children first instead of investing in a career, all I have to say is that motherhood IS a career, and a great one at that!
Motherhood IS a Career!
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