I am compiling a silly (NOT!) list of ways dealing with working mother’s guilt:
- Take out your payslip (note, not bank statement) and check the amount you get every month! Say to yourself this is what you are giving back to your family.
- Buy your baby the expensive outfit when faced with choice.
- When you are asked about your career say smugly that you are a working mom! Expand laboriously about all the skills and experience that you have built up. (Do not let on that you are secretly wishing to be a SAHM...)
- Pour a glass of red wine at the end of a long working day! (You deserve it!)
- Linger over a cup of coffee... Whenever! Especially when at work!
- Spend some extra quality time with baby (toddler or child) when you arrive home. Do not immediately jump into house work, because the house is clean. (Supposed to, because nobody was at home to dirty it.)
- Think of all the extra social skills your child are acquiring while at day care!
- Pat yourself on the back! “Well done, working Mom!” Regularly!
- Enjoy your own enjoyment when you see the look of delight on your baby’s face when you go to pick them up after a long day!
- Cherish weekends with the baby! You are not feeling overwhelmed after a long week with children. You missed them during the week!
- Marvel at the fact that you don’t get impatient with the little ones when they get whiney! You have built up lots of patience by being away from them every day!
- You have a decent excuse when asked to do something at school! Use it!
- You can go shopping during lunch-time without a toddler in tow!
- You are able to meet a colleague/friend during lunch without having to drag the toddler with.
- When Hubby complains about his working day, you are able to complain about your own working day as well! “Mine was the worst!”
- You can expect Hubby to help out with ALL the housework! No sitting down with newspaper and beer /coffee for him after a long working day! No, Mister! (My Hubby does his fair share and more! Thanks, Dries!)
- Pat yourself on the back! Again! “Well done, working Mom!”
Working Moms rock! (Smug smiley face!)
A day in the working mom