My first job when I arrived in Toronto was caring for my children. When we discovered that the cost of daycare was prohibitive, my husband and I made the decision that I would look after my children myself. From early morning to evening, I spent time with them and took them with me wherever I went. This was true especially during my first months in the city when my husband was back in Johannesburg working.
Have I ever regretted the decision to be a stay at home mom? Never. I have had the opportunity to watch my children grow from infants to the girls they are now. I had the chance to see their first steps, hear their first words, watch them as they wrote a word for the first time. Watching over them in the first years of their lives enabled me to be what I had longed for – a mom who was able to savour her children’s childhood moments. It was not always a rosy experience as there were times when I longed for adult conversation. However, the time spent with my girls have given them a sense of security and belonging.
Now that they are older and more independent, they no longer need as much care as they did before. I do find myself still watching over them though albeit in a different way.
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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt is: care)