When we had our daughter, I decided that I was going to be with her for the first year of her life, at least.
- Being with her 24 hours of every day for one year.
- Not placing her in a creche after wifey resumed work when 12 weeks maternity leave was over.
- Not accepting any work that will require me leaving the house. Speaking engagements, one on one coaching, radio, TV, etc.
- Losing money that would have come from those other sources, thereby reducing my income drastically.
That meant I was going to be a stay-at-home dad.
But do you know what we gained?
We never got a call from anybody that our daughter was sick and we needed to come pick her immediately.
She never visited the hospital because she was sick as we were able to notice any slight change in her system and arrested it immediately.
People who saw her for the first time when she clocked one, thought she was two years old. Yes, she was that big and healthy.
We may not have had all the money, but our daughter got all the time and love she needed. That, to me, was the more important thing.
So, was the sacrifice of being a stay-at-home dad worth it? Yes, it was.
Sometimes you may have to sacrifice some things to gain other things. May you not sacrifice the greater thing for the lesser thing.