Personal Narrative-Home Mom Changed My Life

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I grew up with two full time working parents and so I never had a taste of life of a “stay at home mom” until now. My parents place a high value on education and so I grew up with the understanding that I had to be successful in school. I went to the local public grade school until I reached high school. Then I applied and was accepted into a private all girls Catholic school 25 miles from home. That is where I was taught unforgettable lessons on life, women, friendships, faith among other things. Next up was Arizona State University. I wanted a change from the small Catholic school feeling. Once I got there, I was waiting for that moment where I would know what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, what to study, what my passion …show more content…
I had our first child and this is when things changed for me as they do with many women. Priorities shifted, schedules changed and I often felt conflicted with my division of time between work and home. My job was beyond demanding. Often I was at work before the sun was up and came home after my husband put our daughter to bed so I would go days without seeing her. This took a toll on me and my marriage. Something had to change. After seven long years at this company, I finally left and went back to the original company I worked at post college where I could have a better work/life balance. It was paradise for 3 years. I knew what my hours were, what was expected of me and what I could do for my family. I had our second child and things naturally got more complicated. My husband and I often argued over who had to stay home if someone was sick, who would pick up if the other had to work late, and who could take the days off that our day care provider vacationed. Things were just getting harder even though my work schedule finally stabilized…but we made it work and we were happy and healthy. Shortly after my second child’s first birthday I found out I was pregnant with our third child and this would be a game changer. The whole pregnancy we went back and forth, weighing the options of whether I should continue to work or not. My husband’s job was becoming more significant and demanding. After she was …show more content…
Often a child’s struggle with reading, writing and language glides under the radar just enough to pass school. The child may do okay in Kindergarten through second grade and pass…just barely. By third grade, they likely hit a wall. There are state exams, complex books, less picture-books, longer spelling tests and it just gets harder from there. They probably hate going to school, are getting teased and dread being called on to read aloud in class. This is happening more often than anyone may think and these children need additional resources. I realize now that if I hadn’t been home during this critical time for our family, we would not be where we are now. I wouldn’t be as aware and hands on and my daughter would be struggling. I am not suggesting that working mothers can’t be aware of things and notice when there is a problem. Believe me, I was a working mom for six years, I have been on both sides of the fences and respect both. I am stating that for me, our family and my daughter, I wouldn’t have been so persistent or such a strong advocate if I was working too. That’s just

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