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Will my kids be better off if I stay home to raise them?

That depends. What situation will enable you to be the best version of you? That's what your kids are really looking for. In fact, when 1,000 school-age (third through 12th grades) children were asked what they wanted from their moms, only 10 percent said "more time." The most common request? "I want my mom to be less tired and stressed." They want to experience the best of you.

Now, for many women, the option of not working is not even a choice. They must work to support their families. In this case, having a career that is energizing, challenging and fulfilling will help ensure that you have vitality and enthusiasm to share with your kids. Believe this: When it comes to your children, they do not want more of your time; they want more of your happiness.

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