Raising Children Is Not a Default Chore

“Raising children is not a default chore for women who failed in the world of power and wealth.”

I am about to tell you something which goes against what your education has taught you to think and do.  Since preschool, adults have pushed you to excel, to rise above your peers.  My generation has groomed you for success, to get into the best universities and snatch the most prized careers. Well, it is nice to have confidence, to fulfil your dreams and have a sense of satisfaction in your chosen field of work, but that will not make you happy.

Just take a look at the generation that has gone before you. The midlife crisis is a testament to the failure of a life focused on career advancement to the exclusion of family.  Men and women bemoan the fact that they did not have time for nurturing and loving their spouse or children. All too often family life crumbles to ashes, sacrificed on the altar of success.  As for childcare, society relegates it to women who are often treated as second class citizens.

download (1)I want to yell out as loudly as I can, “Raising children is not a default chore for women who failed in the world of business, power and wealth.”  Who raises our children is important because exactly how YOU, the next generation, raise your children will directly influence the kind of society that they in turn create.

Do you want to live in a world focused only on the ruthless accumulation of wealth?  Will you consciously create a race of humans who are shallow, cold, and cynical about relationships, family, and love?  Do you want children who are more comfortable texting you, their own parents, than speaking with you face to face in a warm, loving way?

Family is crucial; it is the foundation of society.  Now I see my own adult children beginning their young families and it touches my heart to know how much they value family as well.  Just after his daughter’s birth, my son turned to his dad and said, “Dad, this is the best thing that I have ever done in my life.”

And, a year later, as his little daughter lay sleeping on his chest, my son said, ”Now I know why you and Dad had so many kids.”

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