Every once in awhile I someone tells me how “lucky” I am that I “get” to stay home with my kids. Now that’s it’s back to school and people hear my son goes to a private school I hear how “lucky” we are that we can send our children to private school. Well I have something to get off my chest.
Luck doesn't have anything to do with it.
My husband and I have sacrificed a lot. We wear our clothes until they really can’t (or shouldn’t) be worn anymore. We don’t go on dates often. Other than an occasional pizza we don’t eat out as a family. We don’t go to the movies or buy passes to theme parks. We don’t have cable, dish, satellite, Netflix or anything on our TV that isn't there when you plug it in. Oh and that TV? A 10 year old tube. Flat screened, but a tube non the less no fancy flat hang on the wall TV here.
We cut our budget down tot he basics.
We chose to put our money where our priorities are. Right now are priorities are our children. We wanted me to be home with them so we made it happen. It wasn’t easy, my husband lost his job when I was 6 months pregnant with my first. It was important to us that our children go to a Christian school so we make the sacrifice so that they can.
Luck has nothing to do with it. I haven’t won the lotto or garnered a big inheritance. We just made the choice to make our dollars line up with our values. We value our children and their education and well being more than we value 300 channels, on demand movies, or other things we could spend money on.
I’m not trying to be all woe is me I don’t have anything. Or to put myself on a pedestal and say you could all stay home too if you just did what I did. I know that’s not true. Everyone’s situation is different and I am sure that very few of us got where we are completely on luck.
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