Working Mom in Balance

I’m taking a break from twin stuff, recipes, and randomness to dive in to a miniseries on finding balance as a working mom. It just so happens that this is what my life is centered on right now, so I’d like to share experiences of what works/doesn’t work for me in hopes that other working moms may be dealing with the same stuff. it's hard to be a woman

I have to be honest, I love my job but I would much prefer not working, wouldn’t you? As a teacher mom I get up before the sun rises, take papers home, plan on the weekends, and spend the evenings making phone calls to my students’ parents. Do I have to do all this? Of course not. I do it because it’s where my heart is and it’s what gives me joy. But I also like being a mom. I like baking a special birthday cake for my big boy’s birthday, having a tidy house (a neverending battle), watching my girls play at the park or my big kid run down the football field. But working seems to take up so much of the day that there’s not enough time left to do much else. So, although I love love love being a teacher and prefer it to any other job on the planet, it would be super cool if it were just a one day a week job. Any chance that idea will pass through legislation?   Maya Angelou if you don't like something change it

So here’s the choice a working mom has to make: What attitude do you want to have? Humans have the unique gift of free will, so how you respond to your environment is completely up to you. As I said before, I choose to work (ok, if I didn’t we would be well below the poverty level but again, it’s my choice). Since this is a situation that I have chosen, while I’m in it I try to maintain a positive attitude. Being optimistic makes me feel happier, it makes my coworkers likely to enjoy my company, and best of all it encourages my clients (my second and third graders) to believe in me and also in themselves. I could choose to grumble and complain about the being a working mom, but that doesn’t sound like much fun.  ;-)

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  1. Hi, Nikki! I understand completely. I’m a working mom, too, and very often think “Man, this sucks.” :-) But like you, I choose to have a day job (and a demanding one at that). So lately, I’ve been trying to change my attitude about it and focus on all of the things I -like- about being a working mom. I’ll admit it; it was a struggle at first!

    • RushedMommy says:

      That is very good advice, Karen. I read recently that if you can write out 3 positive things each day, you will be 20% happier! I think I’ll try it. Thanks for visiting!

  2. I love your outlook on this. To be positive and make the best of it. I really respect that. As for me, I really like working. I actually can’t imagine myself not working (personally and financially, since it costs an arm and a leg to live in this area). i think the career thing is one of the things that define me that I wanted to keep after having a baby or two. But if God decides someday that this is no longer the path for me, I will, like you, do my best to adjust and be positive about it. I hope I can. :-)

  3. Nikki, I couldn’t agree more! I too have the perfect job for me, since I have to work. I realize how blessed I am, and I am thankful for this job. However, I would much rather NOT have to work outside the home. Although I have a nice job, I wish I didn’t have to be a full-time working mom.
    I am all about having a positive and happy outlook, but I find myself constantly fantasizing about being able to quit. Especially when I have to get up in the morning! LOL
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    • RushedMommy says:

      Thanks for visiting! I think I would rather work at home instead of away from home, but you know what they say… “The grass is always greener…” :)

  4. I completely agree with your point of view. It’s very difficult for working moms to manage family life as well as job. But as being a mother, I want to give the best upbringing for my child. I think family life comes first.

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