By: Jacqueline Koutsoufis
As you all know, I have five children between the ages of 3 and 13 (Wow! That happened!) I have worked part time for the last four years, but I have spent most of my time at home with my kids. I have always had the flexibility to care for my children when needed. But everything is about to change next week!
I have accepted a full time position at a hospital in Boston. I am really excited about this, yet scared and sad at the same time. For the first time in my life I have leapt at an opportunity with out having a fully developed plan. For a long time I have put my career on hold for my family, but when an opportunity came knocking I leapt!
I accepted a position without knowing who would be there to help take care of my children. With my husband working 24 hour shifts at the fire station I knew there was going to be some conflicts. After sharing my situation with a friend, she offered to be around to help with the children. And so will my parents! One hurdle crossed!
Now for the sadness. I am going to miss all the school activities that I have always been able to attend and sporting events during the week. This will all be new to me and the children. We both have to adjust to me missing events that I have always been at. I have had a chance to talk about this with them. I explained that Mommy is sorry she can’t be at your school’s presentation this time, but I have someone that will come and take pictures and/or a video for me. And I can’t wait for you to tell me all about it. We have had all those other times that I was able to go.
I have been battling all this inner turmoil. Was this the right choice? Am I ready for this? Are the children ready for this?
Well I am not completely sure just yet, but I am going to give it a shot! I’m ready to take this big step and work on my career, not just for me, but for my family. I’m sure we all can make this work. We have a lot of changes coming over the next week. But ready or not, Boston, we are going to make this work!