Which is more important to you, career or family?

China
May 4, 2009 8:04am CST
These days, people in growing numbers are beginning to complain that work is more stressful and less leisurely than in past. They are under dual pressure from their families and career. Which do you think is more important?
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8 responses
4 May 09
I would have to say that family should always be put above your career. It is a difficult debate though as you can't really support your family without working. I have to say that I personally think that if possible one parent should work and one should stay at home with the kids, and even then it is very important that you still do family activities on a whole and you should never allow your career to take up so much time that you become distant with your friends and family. My former boss once said to us at the office that its interesting to think that if someone passes away, the place that they were working will replace them within one week, but the family members and friends of that person will never be replaced or forgotten.
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• China
4 May 09
Someone said home is a wind-proofing haven. Well, I think family can give us the motivation to work harder. We should have a balance between family and career.
• China
1 Jun 09
agree with you
@kenange (21)
• United States
4 May 09
The most important thing to me right now is my family. But, in order for them to have the things that they need, and for me to stress out just a little bit less about giving them what they need, I need to continue working. I think one of the hardest things for people right now is the uncertainty of the economy. We're afraid that if we don't go the extra mile at work, or aren't always available, even when on vacation, we could be the next ones to be layed off. I think that parents need to work hard while they're at work, and then enjoy life with their families when they aren't at work. Your family will be much happier if you can accomplish this.
• China
4 May 09
I think the financial crisis have more or less influenced everybody in daily life. Wish the economy will revive soon! I quite agree with your opinion. Have a nice day!
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
1 Jun 09
of course family, but this is hard for me specially that iam the only bread winner in my family. i havea wife and a three year old child. my wife stopd working from the day that she got pregnant until now. i work as a band bassist and soemtimes work out of town. but when i come home i give time to play woth my son and spend time with my wife as well. they are the reason why i work hard but of course they need my presence as well
• China
1 Jun 09
Thank you for your response! It seems that you have a good balance between family and work! Good luck!
@cmy1004f (381)
• China
11 May 09
Both of them are inportant to me, I have to work for obain money make a living, also make the whole family's living, on the other hand, without support of family, I cannot insiste my career.
• China
12 May 09
Thank you for your response.Have a nice day and happy mylotting!
@mhethess (380)
• Philippines
4 May 09
Both of them are important, if you don't have your career how can you dise0ntly raise your family, if you ignore your family, for whom do you think is the purpose why are you protecting your career. What is important is your priority and your correct or proper scheduling. Explain to your family the reason why do you need to protect your career and it is for them but be sure that you have to balance everything, give time for your family always have a healthy relationship with them.
• China
12 May 09
Thank you for your response.Have a nice day and happy mylotting!
@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
12 May 09
I think family is more important. But if you mean work when you say career then of course they are of equal putting. We can't support our family if we do not work. We work because we have a family that depends on us. In my case I am a full time mom and wife and I've been here at home for ten months now. I have realized that my son is growing up, he is now seven months old and he needs more. So I want to help my husband who is the only one supporting us in all we need. I will give more importance with my family so I sacrificed ten long months of not working just to raise my son. Now I think it is the right time to help husband as well so that we can both give what our son needs. Besides I am always a believer of the saying the you can hit two birds with one stone. That means I can work and be a mom and wife at the same time. It is just a matter of time management.
@youless (90344)
• Guangzhou, China
12 May 09
Needless to say, family is much more important than anything else. I am not a career woman. I work because of my family. They are my drive. I love China
• China
12 May 09
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