Being a working mother can be one of the most rewarding things in the world. You get to raise kids and have a successful and meaningful career. However, nobody said that it would be easy. Being a working mom comes with challenges. Keep in mind though that for many the positives outweigh the challenges and struggles.
Your clothes will, most likely, always be dirty
Whether it’s spit-up, milk, peanut butter and jelly, sauce or other bodily secretions, every working mom has showed up to work with something on their outfit. You can find yourself in this situation when you’re in a rush and don’t have any extra clothes in your car or office. Be sure to carry some to-go stain remover in your purse to try and avoid these moments. It’s also never a bad idea to always have a fashionable scarf on hand to help cover any stains up.
You will always be running late
There’s always something that makes you run late whether breakfast isn’t cooked to your child’s standard of perfection or they don’t want to wear the outfit that’s picked out for that day, what should take 5 minutes has now turned into 20 minutes. As a working mother you have to learn to just roll with the punches and just keep moving.
Nothing will go as planned
You try to plan everything down to a tee but nothing ever goes as planned. You can probably chalk this up to the fact that you’re always running late. But regardless of the reason, on days when you know that you have to be somewhere at a certain time always leave yourself a lot of extra time.
You’ll probably be the first one in the office
It’s not like you want to be the only person in the office at 7am but if you want to be able to leave by 4pm to pick up your kids from school and drive them home or to their afterschool activities and still do everything else that you have to do at night then you have to be there early. Use the time when you’re alone in the office in the mornings to be extremely productive!
Sick leave will no longer be used on yourself but on your children
Whatever illness your kids brought home from school you’ll spend your sick days helping them feel better and then spend the next few days trying to recover yourself.
“Mommy guilt” is a real thing
The guilt about leaving your kids far surpasses the guilt you feel not going to work. This guilt can hit you anytime, anywhere. You can find yourself crying in the car, with knots in your stomach, or when you’re on the way to the airport for a business trip. No matter how old your kids are there will always be times when you’ll feel mommy guilt. Just because the guilt won’t go away doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do to better manage these feelings.