In response to Laura Perrins: Women journalists cannot abide full-time mothers, woodsy42 wrote:
I’m male and maybe it’s the old hippy in me; but for me and for my wife, careers, money and jobs have always taken second place to each other and our family, and I suggest that for many people (not all, of course) they do too. We work to live not live to work.
As long as you can stay self-sufficient, secure, warm and fed, no amount of extra income, flash gizmos and bling, or a huge pension pot when it’s too late, can replace the time missed with your loved ones; you can’t go back and recapture it or recreate it afterwards.
So I took a less stressful career path, earned less as a result but had less commuting and we moved to live in a cheaper part of the country. My wife stopped work to spend time with our children when they were young, working again when they were older and at school.
There are people who define themselves by their career or wealth, and good luck to them if that’s what they want and that’s what makes them happy, but that attitude doesn’t fit everyone.