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Monday, April 17, 2006

35+ Working Moms

Wow. I can't believe that I just celebrated my 39th birthday. How did I get so old???? And I have a 2 1/2 year old and 4 month old.

Boy, some days I feel so tired I wonder how I get through to bedtime. Being a mom is one of the most tiring things I've ever done and yet the most invigorating. Maybe it's because of my age that it seems so much more exhausting, I'm not sure.

The one thing I do know that the plus to being an older mom is that I am at a point in my life where I realize how incredible precious family is. There was a time I thought I'd never get married and my biological clock was ticking very loudly.

I've come to realize that career is very important but I've moved past being obsessed with it. Working long hours and too many days of the week are a thing of the past. I've earned the ability to work normal hours and I realize that in truth you can get just as much done in 8 hours as 10 if you work smart. Moms are the queen of multi-tasking. To your employer, it's more about what you accomplish in the time at work than the number of hours you are there. Let's face it, your company will take the number of hours you are willing to give. If you want to work 10 hour days/7 days a week. They'll gladly accept the free work. I've put in more than my fair share of overtime in the last 10 years.

Having children makes you realize what is really important. I want to spend time with my precious little men. They are only young once and I don't want to work past these precious times.

I lived my life and have no regrets that I missed out on something. I've done what I wanted to do. I went to college, worked on my career, had fun. This is exactly where I want to be.

Also check out Christie Brinkley in the latest edition of Good Housekeeping. She talks about being 52, working and being a mom to young children. (I wish I looked that good now and she's 52. I should be so lucky :) )

Yes, I'm sure I don't have the energy of a 25 year old mother, but I've got those extra years of experience that make me who I am. With age comes wisedom! I must be pretty wise by now :)

Some 35 and Older Mom Resources: The Daze of Older Moms
Baby Center Bulletin Board: 35 and Older Parents


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