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Parenting: Choose Your Own Happiness

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Elizabeth Lyons knows, it's all about choice. Choosing your own happiness. If quitting your job, driving a minivan and staying home with your kids brings you happiness, Elizabeth will root for you.

Elizabeth's husband says she's an inspirational entrepeneur and since he's married to her and they have five children together, he should know. An inspirational entrepeneur inspires others to make their own choices and fulfill their own dreams. Elizabeth Lyons was made for this.

(Transcribed from interview)

Parenting: Can I Choose To Be A Happy Mother?

Elizabeth Lyons:

I was doing a key note at one point with a group of moms of twins and a woman came up to me afterwards and she looked absolutely desperate. I mean I thought she was going to be like, “Hi, my name is desperate.”

I mean she was absolutely desperate, and she said, “I am so, I don’t know what to do. You have to help me.”

And I said, “What’s wrong?” And she said, “Well, I have just had these twins and I am working and I don’t want to work anymore. I want to be at home with these kids all the time. I want to make them lunch and I want to take them on walks and I want to be there when they beat each other up for the first time and I want to see, I want to be present for it all.”

And I said, “Okay, well what’s the problem?” And I knew it was going to have to do with money but I said, “What’s the problem?” And she said, “Well I can’t stop working because our lifestyle depends on it.”

And I said, “Oh, you know, that’s hard, I understand.” And she said, “I mean it really doesn’t,” she then started to go down this path, “It really doesn’t. We have this huge house and I mean it’s like 8,000 square feet, and I guess we don’t really need 8,000 square feet.”

And I said, “Okay, all right.” And she said, “I have got this car and I worked my whole career to drive this car.” And I said, “Aha, of course.” And she said, “It’s this beautiful Mercedes,” and she went on to describe it and great, she is clearly very proud of the vehicle.

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