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My Most Important Job

Dr. Laura:

Recently, my six-year-old son was upset, because I punished him for misbehaving.  I heard him say under his breath "I am so horrible."  This shocked me, scared me, and shook me to the core.  I asked him why he would say that, and he responded: "because I never do anything right!"

Immediately, I saw what I had done.  I have been too stressed with work - always trying to stay a day ahead of everything.  I only work while he is at school in first grade, but when he is home, I'm too preoccupied with thinking about work that I fail to listen or even talk to my son.  I make twice the money my husband does, and I always used my flexible schedule, weekly housekeeper and waking up at 4 AM to address daily chores as an excuse to keep working.  NO MORE!  I will not have my child believe he is horrible because his parents are too busy to listen to him, work with him or play with him.

I quit the job this morning, first thing.  And I told my son before he went to school that, from now on, my job would be the most IMPORTANT job - being his MOM.  I don't think he quite understood, but I am done with work, and I plan to spend the rest of my time with him.



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