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Did you sacrifice any of your dreams to raise your kids?

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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?

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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.
by Finy
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.
by Polly
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.
Yes, for my last son I did....give everything to raising him.Mainly because he has ADHD & ODD, so my husband was not there for us.
I cried a lot from fear, but we got there in the end 21 years later.

I have no regrets,because other doors opened.
Wow, you are an amazing person.
by Polly
I really don't think I am Polly...just a mum who loves hers son, anyway he's still at home with me, and now 24!..I think it's my cooking lol..lol.. : )
by jonaja
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?
No, all was well. I didn't have any dreams, way back then, as we were bringing up 2 young kids.
by Miro
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