Published: Monday, June 27 2011 2:00 p.m. MDT
My husband had a career in high tech business management for 20 years and found
it to be increasingly hard to be a happy, calm, involved dad. So much was
demanded of him. Business is about profit, not people, which makes it inherently
difficult to be family-friendly. He decided that he could either be successful
in his career or be successful as a father, but he couldn't be both.He finally decided to switch careers and now teaches high school. He teaches
where our kids attend and has summers off. The over-all time demands and
pressure are so much less. He is more calm, happy and available for his family
than he has been for years.We have less money, but he has more time
to be a father and our kids are thriving because of it.
the only stress I feel is when my wife and I don't communicate with finances.
Usually one or the other assumes there is money to buy something without
checking with the other and - kableweee!! Simple communication solves so many
bad things from happening but often one party or the other decides that
communication isn't important - which is selfish.
@Jeanie b.Good for you and your husband! I love hearing success
stories like that.
This article is right on the money. SO many companies are global and require
travel, long hours, hours around the clock, it is difficult to keep up with what
is going on at home. It gets even harder when you get home and you are already
burned out from work, but everyone at home is relying on you to be happy and
helpful. So many support groups and resources for stay at home moms, working
moms, yet I see very few resources for dads.
Since this is a Utah paper, perhaps it is worthwhile to consider what Elder
Quentin Cook said in the latest LDS General Conference:"I would
hope that Latter-day Saints would be at the forefront in creating an environment
in the workplace that is more receptive and accommodating to both women and men
in their responsibilities as parents." - Elder Cook Are
businesses run by LDS persons in the forefront?
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