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Friday, June 08, 2012

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Melody Bakeeff

My husband and I work the same business, and I contribute to the online world when I can. We rent an office - but I still get called there at least 3 times a day by either my 6-year-old or my mother who is home with her! So even if you "leave" trust me - it doesn't matter. Then you "escape" and all the 'work' you thought you'd get done wars with all the other things you can also do because the kids aren't "bothering" you every five minutes. :-)

Rhonda Holscher

When my son was smaller I hired a mothers helper. She was 12 or 13 at the time I believe. That was perfect though. She had all the energy to keep up with my toddler, and I was home so if a true emergency were to present itself I was there to handle it.

Now my children are 18 and 8. My oldest is in charge of seeing to feeding the youngest lunch during the week, and helping me keep an eye on her during the summer. During school her dad takes her to and from and I try to do the more pressing work during her school hours. So that I can give her some attention immediately after school. I usually have a few things more to do before I finish up before dinner, but things that allow me to split my focus if need be.

Their dad and I are divorced so he tries to take the youngest two days a week at least for few hours during the summer.

It is always a balancing act. It is always changing as families needs changes. It is never perfect, but it is perfect in the sense that a stranger or daycare is not raising my children.

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