Now that I'm working again, I'm getting my sense of identity back, which is great! But I feel that I have to still sacrifice my career. It's always going to be daughter first, career second. My husband doesn't have to make those type of sacrifices. I'm sure he makes lots of other type of sacrifices with being a father, but his career is the first priority since our household relies on it to cover our expenses. Simply put, since he makes the big bucks, he doesn't have to balance his work/home life issues--at least not to the degree that I'll always have to.
While I'm sure there are a growing number of households where the wives are the big income-earners, fathers are still the major income-earners for the majority of families. So, fathers don't have to grapple with these type of issues as much as mothers do.
Today, I just felt sad that my income won't be able to match my husband's (or my prior salary). I'm the one that will have to stay home on sick days. I'm the one who always has to put my needs second, or even third. It really isn't fair!
Do you feel the same way?