“How to Follow Your Dream to Be a Writer When You Have Kids and Responsibilities” by Chantelle Atkins. 20 February, 2015. Authors Publish.
“These days most parents work, and if on top of that you are trying to make your way as a writer, how on earth do you find the time needed to dedicate to it, without totally neglecting your offspring? Personally I have a horrible fear that when my kids are adults, they will turn to me and say; ‘the thing I remember most about my childhood, is you being on the laptop!’.
The guilt is there every time I try to write whilst they are chattering in the background, and every time I snap at one of them for lolling all over me whilst I am trying to work. Guilt is the familiar burden of the working parent but it is even harder to justify the time and energy you need to put into your creative tasks.
How do you explain this to your children? How do you follow your dream without jeopardizing their short childhoods? Well I think I have found a way, so here are my tips.”