As moms, it’s easy to get caught up in the negatives of our situations.
I hear plenty of grumblings from stay at home moms who long for the adult interaction of a workplace, as well as guilt-ridden comments from working moms who’d love to spend more time with their children. Even the moms who work from home— like me— get tired of hearing they have “the best of both worlds” and sick of explaining that they don’t, in fact, “have it all.”
Instead of focusing on the negatives, though, I think we should occasionally remind ourselves of the positives. I asked moms from all walks of life to give us the scoop on what’s great about their employment situations and why how they work works for their families.
Let’s hear what they have to say!
One Day at Home Works for this Working Mom
When I had my first baby five years ago I knew I wouldn't be a great 100% SAHM. However, I selfishly wanted the best of both worlds. So I asked for and received a 32-hour/week schedule. This allows me to stay in my career of employee development and also have one full weekday with my kids.
Since I work, I accomplish a lot of errands kid-free during my lunch. Then I usually focus the day I'm home on quality time with my kids. We go to the zoo, the pool, meet other friends for playdates, etc.
However, being home one day a week also lets me catch up on laundry or go to the grocery, etc. so that the weekend isn't so crazy. It's not all roses though when a corporate project requires extra work hours or the stress of a sick child interferes with job deadlines. Sometimes there are rock-paper-scissor mornings to decide which spouse has to stay home and cancel meetings. But it works for our family right now.
Tricia from Take 10 with Tricia
, and Leadership Development Manager
How does your employment situation work for your family? What would be your ideal situation at this stage in your life? Tell us in the comments!
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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