I quit my job to be home with my kids. I loved my job but the type of law I practiced required my full focus and long hours, and I am not good at juggling home and work responsibilities. So now I am home, things are less hectic, my kids are getting the time and focus they deserve, and…I often miss my career. To be clear, I would not change any decision I have made about my career or my kids. But my question for you is, do these feelings of career longing go away eventually? As you devote greater amounts of time to educating your own kids at home, do you ever feel that you are leaving something behind, or do you just assure yourself that you are doing the right thing and get on with it?

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  1. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    Work is so much easier than taking care of kids, so I miss office life every day. But i never doubt that its right for me to be home with my kids.

    We can focus on career from age 20-70. Kids only need us home full time for about 15 years. When I think about things that way, then its an easy decision.

    Penelope

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks for responding to my question! I will save it as a reminder for me. I do know these things (it is all the things I told myself when I quit), but I think I needed to see it in writing. I find myself worrying about what my career options will be when I want to turn my focus
    there again, but I realize how ridiculous it is to waste today worrying about tomorrow–particularly when I have no idea what tomorrow will look like–so I am working on that. Remembering that what I am doing today is more important, and ultimately more rewarding, than any career is helpful. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Well, terrific! I just took the Myers-Briggs personality test for fun and one the “unfavored careers” for my personality type is “stay at home parent.” That’s a real confidence boost!

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