Submitted by Franki Paron - "I was much more fulfilled and a better mom when I had work outside the home ..."
Raising our children was the most important and challenging work I've ever done, but I needed my career to make my life complete. Life is probably easier when one parent commits to making full-time homemaking and child-rearing their career. However, I wasn't able to find enough personal fulfillment in this choice when I tried it. I stayed home with our children for two years after our son was born and found that I was miserable without my career.
While it was very busy, and at times chaotic, I found I was much more fulfilled and a better mom when I had work outside the home that was my own pursuit. There were other sacrifices that our family made, but I'm certain that my working was not one of these.
Our children are successful and happy adults in large part because we were fulfilled parents.