I know a HUGE amount of parents who work, and over the holidays their kids are home alone from 8-5pm, they wander the streets, hang around the malls. I just CANNOT do that - literally CANNOT!!!
I gave up a lot to be a mother, but that was my choice. If at the end of it when my sons are adults - if I can see that I brought up two good men who are an asset to society, then I feel I have succeeded in the hardest job on earth.
Do I regret my decisions. Soemtimes when I'm snowed under, and had enough, but on the whole, never.