Raising a family is a full time commitment. It gives the love of children and sense of fulfilment. But everything comes with a price tag. Some dreams have to be sacrificed in order to provide for the family. Did you have to set your dreams aside so you raise your kids better?
No I've never seen raising my son as having to sacrifice anything. One of my dreams was to swim with dolphins ... and I did that several times with junior, which made the experience so much more meaningful.
No I didn't for my kids -while they were young, I worked from home, started a business which later supported us all and had it for 27 years.
I really had no career dreams so I did not sacrifice anything.
OMG! That's what I did! I started an advertising agency in 2000 and supported my family working around my son's schedule. I only hired moms and the office was only open from 9 am to 4 pm so that we could take our kids to school and be home when they came home from school.
No, my children were a much better dream than the ones I had planned for
myself - I learnt so much through them. I think having a happy and fulfilled parent is better for children than having all the frills and whistles and a grumpy tired parent, it also teaches children to be resilient. Of course there are degrees to this and it would depend on the situation.
Not really, no. I haven't realised my dream career yet but it's not the kids that are stopping me and it may still happen. I do make sacrifices for my kids (money, time, ability to socialise) but that is, hopefully, more of a short term thing.
No, much as I probably sound like I do the way I carry on sometimes, I haven't really sacrificed anything I didn't want to. Raising a family has always been something I wanted to do. Doing it how I want to when society seems to be pushing the other way can be a trail at times, but I've always enjoyed a challenge. I chip away at my goals even now that I have three small children, making sure to do a little bit each day or week towards the other things I want to achieve. It may take a bit longer, but eventually I'll get there. And life is about the journey, isn't it?