<<< a question: do you have regrets about being SAH parents? >>>Nope. As I've said before, here and elsewhere, I'm glad and grateful to have been a SAH Mom.I remember when my daughter was still an infant, and when I first realized that I wanted to be home with her all the time. I put her in her crib, on her tummy (which was the prevailing wisdom then), and had to leave the room for maybe half a minute. When I came back in, she was on her back, grinning, arms and legs flailing. I missed the first time she turned over and I still wish I had seen it. I remember thinking, "What if the babysitter had seen it and been the one to tell me about this (okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating <g>) milestone? What if the babysitter didn't even tell me?"On the professional side, I'd had a job I absolutely loved which I had to give up. The next two jobs, including the one I quit just before I had my daughter, were not enjoyable, personally or professionally, and certainly not well-paying enough to even consider going back as an employed Mom. What I was giving up in terms of employment was nothing compared to what I would have had to give up if I couldn't have been with my kids, both as little ones and bigger ones.I might have felt differently if the job was the ideal one. Sometimes I've wondered "what if," but who hasn't? I'm very happy with our choices (and it is certainly a family decision, not a unilateral one) because it's allowed me to be the parent I want to be. Well, I suppose I should admit that there's always room for improvement (more patient, better organized, more creative, etc.), but that's part of my life, too.So, simply -- no, no regrets. As some song says, "I wouldn't have missed it for the world." ~~ Alison
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