There is so much truth in this statement and it is something I am teaching myself daily. And learning over and over. To rock a baby to sleep until she snores, to rub my son's head until he falls asleep- sometimes that takes a while, to make school lunches and leaves notes inside, to listen to stories at bedtime when I can't keep my eyes open, to listen to more stories at 5:30 am before I have had coffee and my list of things to do is growing already, to pick them up from school and pop in for lunch, to run around the front yard with them when my inbox is blowing up and mind is on work.
While there will always be times where there may not be an opportunity to be flexible with work schedules, deadlines, and meetings, I know I can do a better job with the time I do have. If your work schedule demands 100% from 9-5, strive to give more before and after.
Children grow up more secure when they have your time and attention, not your money. I had to change careers years ago to make this happen and I haven't looked back.
And I hope one day, this son and daughter of mine, will look back and remember the time and the love, and yes, even the smothering- because I can see in their eyes ( at least for now) they love it. They don't care how I excel in work or a career, if I meet a goal, or add something fun and exciting to my resume.
They care about how I excel in my role as their mother. And I'm striving to be the best in my field.