KC - Great decisions are hard to come by and take courage. Good for you and hurray for MS! I've been a part-time Mom and part-time computer person for 17 years and there is no doubt that it is the best of both worlds (especially since the advent of telecommuting, DSL and IP Phones), as I love my job and I love my kids. Hurray for employers that realize that we still have a lot to contribute to the workplace but still have our most important priority at home.
Please keep blogging in some form.. you and Scoble are my 'must read' blogs! :)
I think you made the right decision. Though I am bachelor myself, I know that it's very important to be with your growing child and believe me you will simply love spending more time with him. [How do I know? I have a young nephew and I have seen him growing in front of me]
And it's really great that Microsoft is there to support you in this decision. Adds fuel to my desire to join Microsoft in coming future!
And yes, Jared looks very handsome, keep posting his pictures! :)
Aw, that's so sweet. I would do the same thing for my son if I could afford it. :)
Good for you! It's refreshing to see people in any IT area considering what is important and trying to make it work. Work is important, but it's certainly the humans in our lives that really make it worth while (especially if they're your offspring)!
See? Sometimes it really *is* because people want to spend more time with their family!
That's awesome KC.
Liz is trying to figure out how to spend more time with Tyler also - It's really great to hear that they're working with you on this.
Your decision must have been difficult to make, but it's really admirable. Your son has a lot to be proud of ;-)
Raymond: I was really nervous about the email sent to the team announcing the change, because it smacks of "So and so will be reporting to me working on special projects", i.e. on her her way out the door.
Very admirable decision, KC. It's great that you appreciate the incredible value and importance in spending time with a very special little person. My wife is able to stay home with our two daughters (1yr and 3yrs) and I think it's worth so much more than a second salary could every come close to. Moms are the whole world to little children, and they can tell when they're a priority.
How great to read this from KC Lemson! Excellent example of someone creating her own world from all the great stuff around. Julie is writing about happiness too. Perhaps I should explain what I mean by happiness. There's the American...
Congrats on making a difficult decision, but one that will definitely be worthwhile.
Keep up the blogging!
Congrats. That sounds like a great move.
KC, you will never regret this decision. While many people cannot or do not want to change their lives in such a way, I am certain that you will find this time to be something you will really enjoy. They grow so fast, and this time cannot be replaced.
My wife stayed home with our children (working part time as a building manager in the building where we were also superintendents) and it was worth every financial and other sacrifice we made...