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Old June 17th, 2018, 06:15 AM
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The other end of the mommy wars!

I wasn't sure where I wanted to put this, but I think it belongs here!

I was at a retirement party yesterday for a friend I met at work many, many years ago. We both had children. I left the job to be a SAHM. She continued to work full-time. Our friendship survived the "mommy wars," the big fight over mother's working in and/or out of the home. We both did the best we could with what we had to work with.

And so, now, she's retiring, and I'm starting full-time work. This transition could also be stressful. Now I'm the one with limited time, and she's the one who has all day!

The most interesting observation I can make is that I was home with my own children, but most likely won't be available to help on a regular basis with any grandchildren some day in the future. My retired friend is looking forward to being with her grandchildren. Other retired friends do the same thing.

So, now, the question becomes, "Was it better to stay at home with your own children, sacrificing money and requiring longer working years? Or was it better to work all those years, and save money for retirement to enjoy those later years and help with grandchildren?"

The answer is... Aren't we blessed if we have the choice???
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