After being a full-time parent for half a decade, it was time to re-enter the job market.
It would be a difficult task; the challenge is not only to be employed but adjusting to the changes in our family’s normal daily routine.
Once accustomed to a certain lifestyle, a slight shift in schedule may seem dramatic even if it is a casual three days a week.
I have not missed a single important moment or milestone in my children’s life, whether it was the first step or the moment my child discovered his first wiggly tooth. I was there. It has been that way their entire life.
But, to my surprise the boys are hardly disturbed by my absence. Sure, they miss me, but no more than if they had just return from a day at school. I should be happy with the smooth transition but I can’t help feel a little sad that my children no longer need me.
It wasn’t as easy with my husband who needed a lot of convincing. He is westernized yet with traditional family values, in that a woman should stay home with the children while the man went to work.
He was not thrilled that our roles would reverse, yet as reluctant as he was, he is also supportive. I am very fortunate to have found such an amazing life partner.
We do make an awesome team. And with great teamwork, there is no limit to what can be accomplished.