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Friday, April 14, 2006

Why I Work

I guess I pretty much always thought I would be a working mom. It is the "norm" in my experience. My mom is a working mom, and I never felt that I lost out because of that. I don't feel that she was anything less than a full-time mom to me...sure, she worked, but she was mom first and foremost. She went to my games, my concerts, etc. She managed to do special things for my brother and I. And I strive to do the same for my daughter and stepsons.

For the most part, I enjoy and appreciate my job. I have a lot of flexibility. I start early and am done early, so I still have a good chunk of the day to spend w/my girl. If something comes up and I need to take a day off at the last minute, or leave early, its generally not an issue. My daughter is in excellent hands during the day and she loves to "go see [her] friends and teachers". She learns so much every day, and is a well-adjusted and well-behaved little girl (relatively...she is very much a 2-1/2 year old!). If I'm in the right mood, I would say that I have darn near the perfect gig for a working mom, minus my excessively long commute.

That being said, its hard to be a working mom. I love nothing more in my life than spending time with my daughter. Its hard to get up so early every morning to go work, then come home & take care of all that goes with running a household. I have to work out of financial necessity, though, and really, even if I didn't, I think I'd still want to do some sort of work, at least part-time.

I think my experience is similar to the dilemma of many working moms. Full-time mom, full-time employee. I enjoy both aspects of my life, but at the same time, I often feel overwhelmed and stretched way too thin. I wonder how my mom did it, seemingly with such grace, and why I'm having such a rough time of it. I have those days that I feel completely inadequate in all areas and am spinning my wheels, getting nowhere. Doing too many things, but none of them very well. Days when I'm missing my baby tremendously.

But I live with the ups and downs of being a working mom, as do millions of others in the same position. To me, that's what RWM is about...we're all in the same boat, so grab an oar and let's row!


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