My big concern in writing for Babble is that I don’t give my kids the time they need. I don’t want their memories of me to be that I’m always on the computer. I want to be sure we still have plenty of time to go out and do things, and for me to play with them and read to them during their waking hours.
Up until now, that hasn’t been too difficult to manage. I run in the morning, I’m with the kids all day (and I sneak in writing here and there when they are busy with other things), and then I sit and type while they are sleeping. In theory, things will continue on like that. Micah and I generally have 2-3 hours after the kids are in bed that we can work on our projects. I should be able to crank out a few posts in that time. If I’m focused.
But I know there will be times when that isn’t possible, and I’ll need to write several posts in one day or something, and they’ll be left to fend for themselves while I peck away at the keyboard and resize images in photoshop.
The reason I’m writing this, I think, is to remind myself that my family is my priority, and the balance needs to tip in their favor. The reason I’m doing this writing is so that we can have opportunities to go places and do things together as a family, and it would be a shame to negate that by putting them off every day. I want to not just be around, I want to be engaged. I want to be present in mind and body.
That’s the goal.