I got a phone call this past week that broke my heart. A new Work at Home Moms Talk Radio listener was reaching out for some encouragement and help – after ten years of marriage her husband left her with three kids and very little income. The breakup was unexpected and she was in an emotional fog of fear and frustration. (Who wouldn’t be?)
Her business is product driven, she’s been creating her own stuff and selling it over the web for the last five years – really only earning a little ‘pin money’ that helped out with birthdays and Christmas. The potential of growing this business into something that supports a family is pretty small so she is going back to the drawing board.
The idea of having to put her kids in childcare while she takes a job breaks her heart. Her only alternative – going to live with her parents. Fortunately she has a great relationship with her parents so this option isn’t a dreaded one.
As we talked, it became clear that she would indeed have to pack up her household, store most of her stuff in her father’s pole barn and take up residence with them. By securing a roof over her head and help with the kids – she can be more free to build a new business that will eventually support her and the kids.
Having been a single mom for 16 years I know it’s not easy – and I only had one child. I was blessed to have an active child day care running when my husband and I seperated – so income was at least coming in. It was still never easy. If I could have moved back home with loving parents, I think I surely would have.
I think she’s making a good choice. What do you think?