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There is no place like home
Sadaf Shamshad
United StatesGALLERYCONVERSATION
"I want you to be successful, have a career, and be financially independent. I don't ever want you to have to depend on a...
Up until six years ago, I had fulfilled my mother's dream of having a great job and achieving financial independence. I completed my MBA, had a swanky job in a financial auditing firm in Manhattan, wore fancy suits, and met important people on a daily basis to discuss important issues. I was living my mother's dream. That was the problem: It was her dream, not mine.
After I got married and became pregnant with my first child, I began thinking more about what was important to me, and I realized that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. Working 14 hour days, traveling to client sites, and frequenting swanky late-night business dinners was not conducive to a family life.
I made the decision to stay at home with my children long before my son was even a glimmer in my eye. I was in fifth grade and there was an outbreak of the flu. That day, several kids were sent to the nurse's office with high fevers and their parents were called to take them home. But there was one girl in particular whom I remember from that day. I'll call her Jane.
Being a stay-at-home mom, my mother picked me up at school 10 minutes after the nurse called her about my fever. As I left with my mother, I remember looking back at Jane and feeling terrible for her. At the same time, I felt blessed that my mother was always at home and was there for me in an emergency like this. I promised myself that when I became a mother, I would make sure to be there for my children just like my mother.
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