As a working mother of more than 15 years, I know all too well the struggles, the guilt, and the feeling of not spending enough time with my children. Yes, I too have gone through and experienced the mixed emotions of having to leave my children with a caregiver. Wondering if your child will be warm enough on a winter’s day, did they forget something at home (and I’m not able to take it to them), missing their first rugby try…
I can’t tell you how many times I cried in the car on my way to work feeling like the worst mother in the world for not “being there” for my children during the day. It’s not only mentally and physically challenging, but you also have to juggle your work with home life.
Recent research shows that the stress levels of working mothers are much higher than those who are able to stay at home full time with their children. Coming from a corporate background I feel that having the support from your seniors makes a tremendous difference. If the company you work for understand you are a not only a professional working woman but first and foremost a mother, I believe will really make things easier for you. The fact is children do get sick and sometimes mommy is the only one who can make it better. The last thing you want is to feel guilty for taking leave to take care of a sick child.
What makes it all worth it?
Every second I spend with my children while I am not working is so precious. I tend to listen more, laugh more, talk more, and just enjoy them and me being a mother.
So to all the working mothers around the world, we salute you! You are worthy, you are appreciated, and you are loved!
Happy mother’s day.