If you are about to become a parent, you may have already considered stopping work completely or partially in order to concentrate on bringing up your children. This is both a natural and understandable response, as combining the two roles can require the skills of a juggler and the strength of a superhero.
Whatever you decide to do, it is vital that you consider not only the immediate future of the family, but also the medium and long term. There are many ways of raising children successfully which require more or less parental presence, but that time needs to be both effective and affective. Don't underestimate the educational power of setting a good example: having to handle two busy lives, at work and at home, requires us to develop strategies which can have a positive influence on our children. People who appreciate how precious and scarce their free time is, will often value and savour every moment they spend with their families much more.
Our children grow up and become independent, and when they do, we realise that our lives have also moved on, sometimes leaving us with a void which is difficult to fill or finding it hard to get back on track with our professional lives. Whatever decision you make, it is best for the whole family if there are no regrets.
Natàlia Perarnau, founder and creator of the Kids&Us method.