I remember when I told my dad that I landed my first full-time job as a designer. It paid about $30k a year, but it was in my field of study and it was salaried. I’ve never seen him so proud. Then, a year and a half later, after we moved to Seattle for my husband’s career, I told Dad that I was staying at home to focus on our family. He was much less proud.
I love my dad, and I understand his concern. He didn’t want to see my hard work through college go to waste. Unfortunately, Dad wasn’t the only person unimpressed with my choice. Since becoming stay-at-home mom, my lack of professional ambition has become the subject of polite, “understanding” nods and downright awkward silences.
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