As working mamas, we sacrifice a lot. We sacrifice time with our kids, a slower-paced life, and a little bit of our sanity.
But we don’t do it for nothing. We do it because we’ve decided that, for us, the benefits to our families outweigh the costs.
And you & I understand something, don’t we? Something that those who didn’t make the same choice as us don’t always completely grasp.
We understand that working is not about money. It’s about opportunities.
The opportunities for our kids to play sports, travel, expand their horizons, and go to college.
The opportunities for us to use our gifts in service to others, feel valued in an area in which we excel, and maintain a piece of our identity.
The opportunity to carry this burden alongside our partner, helping to ease their load. And maybe, quite honestly, it’s an opportunity to have an easier life.
But here’s the kicker: If we’re going to be away from our babies all day, we need to maximize those opportunities and make that time count.
And that means managing our money well.
That means setting financial goals, prioritizing our spending, exercising discipline, and making hard decisions. It means more sacrifice. Which doesn’t always seem fair in light of the other sacrifices we’re making. But it’s for our kids. And our families. And our futures. And their futures.
We’ve already decided that they deserve the best, and we’ve made what we feel are the best decisions for them so far. So let’s keep on it, shall we?
I’ll be sharing about how my family does budgeting and grocery shopping over the next couple of weeks. If you’re feeling like you could improve in these areas, join me on this journey! Maybe you’ll find some tricks that will work for you.
Because if you’re going to be spending all that time away from your kids, make it count. Make your family better for it.