My kids have been active in gymnastics, show dance, basketball, soccer, karate, kick-boxing, floorball and Ice Hockey. During several years I had to to cope with those activities, homework and housing and working full time as an IT-consultant. My husband worked as an Ice Hockey coach with contracts in Sweden and abroad during those years.
I wouldn’t trade that time for anything in the world. It was worth it all.
Despite me having a very stressful life I always found time to workout at least twice a week because I knew that it helped me coping with the stress.
I think a lot of people think the wrong way about prioritizing their health
when finding time to exercise. There is a danger in not taking care of yourself when trying to be the best you for your kids.
I know many people think it’s perfectly natural to be a mother and you do not need an education in being a mom. When I became a mom, I wanted to be the best mom possible and I educated myself by reading books on the subject. The feedback I get from my adult children, and other adults which have interacted with my kids over the years, is that I managed quite well with my goal.
My goal was to give my kids a good sense of self-esteem, to feel loved, to feel good enough and that they would respect other people and treat them as they want to be treated themselves.
I chose to be a stay at home mom for almost eight years which is rather uncommon here in Sweden. I worked as a computer-programmer when our first son was born and I decided at the hospital that I wouldn’t go back to work for a long time.
The opportunity to stay home with my kids
So I didn’t. If I had been given a presentation of my present business opportunity then, I don’t believe that I had gone back to work as an IT-consultant. But I didn’t get one, so I went back to work after eight years of staying at home with our kids and worked for another sixteen years in that profession.
I had to, for different reasons, start working after eight years of staying at home. ”Start working”, hmmm, as a stay at home mom you have a lot of work to do but you know what I mean, to start working as an employee. If I would have worked with this business during my children’s upbringing I would have met a lot of nice, positive and driven people all the time.
Anyway, I had good employers I must say, that let me have very flexible working hours so I could be a present mom most of the time for our kids. But not everybody have that. I wish Mothers, and also Fathers of course, could have the choice to make a change to a better lifestyle for themselves and their kids.
Now when I am a grandmother of two I work with my business to be able to be a present grandmother as well and that is so great.