Life of the Working Mom
Hello all of you working moms out there (and dads too). I hope you will be able to escape from the chaos for a moment and sit back to enjoy this new series that we have developed and will feature quarterly. Our goal is for many of you to relate to the scenarios that we post and for the articles to provide an occasional “laugh out loud” moment.
I am a proud mommy of two precious boys. I recently returned to work from being out on maternity leave. Since it was my second time around, I thought coming back to work would be a breeze. I only took eight weeks of maternity leave this time, as opposed to 12 weeks. Big mistake! I think I cried more when I dropped the new baby off at daycare than I did with my first son. On my first day back, I started feeling sorry for myself and slightly envious of my stay-at-home mom friends. Luckily, that did not last long. I am surrounded by a great team and enjoy the profession I am in; so I quickly got back into the swing of things. Although I miss my boys dearly when I am away from them during the day, I am thankful for the privilege of being a working mom and the opportunity to work with so many other working moms who I learn from everyday.
For today’s article, I would like to share five things that I feel are pretty cool about being a working mom:
- Commuting – Once the kids are dropped off at school/daycare, you have the opportunity to catch up with family and friends via cell, read your Facebook on your smart phone (when stopped only, of course), or sing out loud to your favorite songs on your play list.
- Adult Interaction – I find no greater comfort than being called “Mommy,” but there are some instances where my child appears to have turned into a robot with a short fuse and the word repeats itself over and over. During these moments, I remain thankful that I work in a profession with genuinely great individuals whose company I enjoy and where my knowledge increases almost every day.
- Limited Yo Gaba Gaba – Not that I am an advocate of sticking my children if front of the TV for a long period of time, but I do allow my 3-year-old to watch a couple of shows right before bed time and in the morning while we are getting ready. If I had to watch some of these shows during the day as well, I think I would pull my hair out.
- Take-out Food – If I am exhausted at the end of the work day and occasionally call in a pizza, my husband can’t say too much about it. The kids surely don’t mind!
- Coming Home to the Kiddos – As the hustle and bustle of the work day ends, it is always nice to shut down the computer and know that in a short time, you will get to spend the evening with the kids and see their smiling faces as you walk through the door.