You've explained, in an appropriate way as you can manage, economics to your children. They've asked why you have to work when Tommy's mom or dad doesn't. You've listed the things your family would have to give up if you didn't spend time away from home and, essentially, away from the people you love most. You've also tried to explain to your kids why your job is important, not just financially, but why it's what you've chosen to do. You're careful because you don't want them to believe you're choosing something over watching them grow, but it's important to you that they see the responsibility you carry.
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