Why on earth would I take a lower position? That to me is insane.
If I wanted to be a soccer mom, I would have been. I didn't. While I chose this path, I didn't chose my career over them. I simply chose to have a career. I also chose to go to college, the first one in my family. I paid for my own degree. I also chose to buy a house and make sure that my family is taken care of - and I do that as a single mother. I suppose I could be like other single mothers that I've met who work part time and the government supports so that I could have more "quality" family time, but that life isn't attractive to me. I want more for my kids. I can afford to pay for my kids to go to college and they will. The things that WE have, we have because I worked my ass off. And I do them so that we can be part of the "have," rather than the "have not" camp. Can I lose it all tomorrow and be ok? You bet. I grew up poor. Maybe if you had, I would make more sense to you. Of course, maybe if my kids had, I would make more sense to them too.