- Jul 30, 2022
- DX FIBRO
We don't know yet, but I'm also bracing for the fact that he may choose to live with his dad full time once he's 18. I get that it's easier to have a single house instead of two. He is an incredibly young adult. My 15 year old helps too, but not nearly to the extent my eldest does. For example, I said I would start dinner in a half hour when we were relaxing. I didn't say anything when I got up, but when I turned around in the kitchen, my 17 year old was coming in to wash his hands and help me.That is one great kid you raised Does he know where he’s heading for uni?
It’s great you’ve already identified some things to take a leave of absence from. I think if you do give yourself a break from all non-essential things for a bit it will make clear which time investments you truly want to make. Honestly, it wasn’t until I shut down the noise of my drive and guilt for not doing more that I got a real opportunity to get better.
If you’re up for sharing, I would love to know about the nature of the organizations you’ve participated in. I’ve mostly been involved in child advocacy through the Guardian ad Litem Program. I’m extremely fortunate to never need to work (so long as the economy doesn’t tank). We live on a thrifty budget though so I would welcome an opportunity to earn some money building a website or something. I’m still thinking through what other options there might be for me…
I do hope you let your kids help - kids do find it rewarding to help a parent! In fact, it can hurt their spirit if you don’t ask for help after they have offered
The organizations I volunteer with currently are: library board trustee, board member for our local LGBTQ+ youth group, Co-Chair for an arts and culture society where we provide free programming for residents of our city (I host the photography series every year), and I am a pet photographer for a local rescue agency. I let my role as vice president for our local photography club go in June.