Dear Dr. Laura,
I gave up a lucrative career in the US Air Force to be home with my son and later, my daughter. My husband and I made sure one of us was there to raise our kids at all times and it meant my working as a nurse on weekends/nights to be sure they were with Dad during those times. I homeschooled both of the kids for several years to give them a good foundation and spent time with them during their most formative years.
All this has paid off in big dividends! Just the other day, my son stopped to assist an elderly woman with her broken-down car on a busy freeway. He got the car running and saved her angst and the cost of a tow. She was so grateful she wanted to pay him. He flat-out refused, believing a good deed has its own rewards. I can’t express how proud my son has made me in this simple act.
His sister is a straight A student and starting college courses at 16. She is a camp counselor and loves working with young kids and has thoughts of volunteering an animal shelter, owing to her deep abiding love of beings who are vulnerable and need TLC.
I have to give a LOT of credit to my husband who supported me 100%, in my separating from the military and being a full-time mom. We sacrificed a lot of income and extras, but our family never did without anything we truly needed. We got to learn the distinct difference between “needs” and “wants” in those lean years. I heard your nagging voice in my head many times when tempted to use day care in the name of advancing my career, and am glad I listened.
Thank you for all you do for the betterment of American families and for being the voice that urged me to “do the right thing” by my family. Life could not be better.
If you have a story to share about being a stay-at-home parent, email Dr. Laura. She would love to read your story.