As we prepare to leave the house for yet another work day, my daughter asks me a question that’s been ruminating in my head since I first became a mother. The automatic response is something like “I work because I have to earn money to take care of you.” But somehow that doesn’t seem like the best response.
Thankfully she gets distracted so I’m off the hook, at least to her. I still need to know the answer. If only for myself.
I’ll bet you know what I’m talking about. Once you have children, work definitely provides necessary financial rewards, but there are also hard costs to consider. For instance, paying for quality child care while you work can consume more than half of your after tax income.
Yet, working isn’t all about the money. Your career also provides a sense of personal fulfillment and contributions, which for many moms is an important factor in the work/don’t work debate.
What did or are you doing and why?