I don’t exactly know why but it bothered me. The contributors here at LWM have a private Facebook group to discuss all things LWM. I brought up this book and its questionable finale and there was a resounding, unanimous response: We do not support that message!
I have a friend whose dad hates working. He put in nearly 40 years at a big company and he hated every minute of it. It’s not a surprise that his child also hates working. Work is something that we need to do. Unless I win the lottery (and maybe not even then) our son, Liam, is going to have to get a job someday and I want him to love working. I really do.
I’m certain if I had a job I hated or worked really long, stressful hours then I’d rather be with my son. I had the opportunity to be with Liam 24/7 for 2 months and I discovered that I’d really rather be working. I adore my son. Really, I’m obsessed with him. But, now that I’ve gotten a job I am much more fulfilled. I love my job and I love my son and I want him to know that I love both.
Readers, how do you feel about this? Would you rather be with your child while you’re working? Is this message “I’d rather be with you” harmful or beneficial to our kids?