There is so much I like about what Steve Pavlina says yet I wondered about this post,
I think the most practical solution will be for us to get a long-term nanny who can take care of the kids, while Erin and I leave town for a few weeks. We can afford one right now, but Erin is hesitant to leave the kids for so long, so we'll have to work on those limiting beliefs there too. It probably would be hard on our 3-year old son to be away from us for so long.
I am the father of young children too. There are lots of things that I would like to do but my advice would be to make sure that the kids get the most important thing in their life that is time with their parents. I don't want to take what he said out of context and its nice to be able to dream of what we could do. I am not sure if it is a limiting belief or a concrete reality. The fact is that kids need their mum and dad. I know that for me personally we waited so long to have kids and thought that it may never be a reality for us that I don't want to miss a minute of our relationship. To be away from them for too long would be too much of a sacrifice for me. Steven Covey in "First Things First", talks about his daughter being frustrated at not being able to do the things that she once did with the arrival of a child. He pointed out to her that what she needed to do was realign her priorities. My kids have made me realise a whole new set of priorities and there is nothing better than seeing the kids respond to my input. I am sure that Steve Pavlina will work it out. He has such a great grasp on so many self development issues and has offered so much to so many people. I personally have gotten so much from his blog that I will watch with interest how he deals with the tension between personal growth and family life. I wrote recently about how leadership begins at home and I believe that although we may be able to achieve great things if our inner and home life is not in order sooner or later it will unravel. We only have to look at the recent example of Ted Haggard to see the effect of an unablanced inner world to realise the impact of his actions on his friends, family and wider community.