There's something about summer that entices excitement and welcomes change. Maybe it's the lure of the open road, the promise of a change of scenery or maybe both, that makes us want to load up the car and just get out of town. With our upcoming adventures to Ohio (from New Jersey) for the Fourth of July weekend, we are busy planning and preparing to make our trip as painless, as possible. Traveling with two little ones, Zhoei, 11 and Preston,18 months, can be a large feat and we are locked and loaded with our checklists and plenty of gidgets, gadgets and toys to keep us all happy.
Is the measure of success only money and outside status? I know some working moms whose children focused on careers so much they have no grandchildren which they dearly want. I have nine "grandones". Would I be considered a success or a failure at raising my children? I think success is the positive impact we have on the lives of others.
Before Mrs. Obama set the great example as a stay home mom first lady for millennials, I was a mom with a business degree at home full time in the 80's. People SHUNNED me when I told them my occupation. From childhood, I wanted to be at home differing from my mother's opinion that an outside career led to a meaningful life. I volunteered and was trying to start a business from home when my ex-husband decided a single mother on his job needed his assistance to raise her teens more than his own four little children and I did. He said I was capable and did not need him.
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