A Father’s Day Thought:
Is It OK for Dad to Quit?
Here's a question I saw recently on social media. "Is it OK for Dad to quit his high paying job and lower our standard of living, just so he has more time to spend with us?"
Most of the 100+ answers were similar: be thankful for a dad to spend time with, rather than having extra money to spend. Many answers came from adult children who had lost their dads due to stress. They talked about dads who didn't have a choice, dads who had to stay in stressful jobs because the jobs paid enough, and there were no acceptable alternatives.
But that was the job. And like many men, those dads did the work—often without complaint—because "that's what you do when you have a family."
My answer to the question is this: Maybe if a dad can maintain a reasonable lifestyle for his family—so that lack of money itself doesn't become a source of stress—then quitting might be worth it. What about your dad?
Does he or did he work a high-stress job? Can you still give him a hug and thank him?