When I knew I was pregnant in 2005, the thought of being able to care for my baby full-time as a SAHM has crossed my mind several times. But in reality, the high living standard, responsibility, commitment and obligation are tying me down with one word "MONEY". Seriously money is never enough in my dictionary because we need to pay for the mortgage loan, car loan, medical bills, children's daily needs & educational expenses...etc..the list can go on & on.
Relying on a single income is possible but I choose to work simply because I want to have an extra income to provide for my mum, my children & to help out in the family whenever we need any additional expenses. Although I'm not a high flyer nor working in a job that I'm passionate about but at least I am bringing bread & butter back home to help release some financial burden for the family. Work also helped to move my focus away from home for a while so that I'm able to regain back some sanity.
No doubt, I had to go back to workforce after the maternity leave. I missed out most of the children's "FIRST" moment when I left them in my mum's care but my mum was kind enough to capture most of it on pictures or videos so that we can share the joy together. Luckily my mum is staying with me otherwise the thought of leaving them under unreliable caregiver is very daunting & stressful.
Seriously, the cost of hiring a maid is increasing every year. I'm still contemplating whether we should really employ one so that we can rest more & spend more time as a family. Of course, the thought is very tempting but I'm still holding on until I cannot take it anymore. So now I'm still the "maid" at home serving 3 small + 1 big babies (children + hb).
How much help is rendered to families with financial needs is limited. If we don't have enough money, I can't possibly sit back, wallow in pity & wait for help. In fact, I have 3 children who needs money to go through proper education in order to make sure they know all their "ABC & 123" before they start their primary school education.
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