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    Posted July 18, 2012 by
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
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    Work and motherhood

    What other option do I have?


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Shadra05 says if she had a choice, she'd absolutely be a stay-at-home mother, but doesn't believe it's for everyone. "I've already accomplished some career goals, and being a mother is the career I would love to concentrate on now." she says. "The most challenging thing about being a working mom is not being able to experience the day to day growth of my son."
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    All day I sit and think about my 8-month old and WISH I was home with him, yet I know there is no other option. With his father working in another state, I HAVE to work. Event if we were living in the same home, I'd still have to work. Just because were both college -educated (me with a Masters), doesn't mean I'm awarded the stay-at-home-mom award. I grew up in a middle class home, with working parents and honestly believe its helped me be a more independent-critical thinker. I pray the decisions that I have to make currently will later assist with his growth. Yes, its hard and hurtful. Yes, I cry. But the moment I get home, and the joy I feel is like Christmas/Birthdays/New Years Eve all put together! Lastly, I strongly believe the life that God gives us is no mistake.
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