Professional Women · Working Mother

Thank you to Working Moms

A friend shared this wonderful tribute to working moms in the Huffington Post. It is a thank you letter to all working moms.

Read is here>>> Dear Working Mom

What a great piece (and I loved the video.) It just is the tip of the proverbial iceberg that us working moms deal with each day.

Some of my favorite comments were:

  • “Most of what you do goes unacknowledged, because you make it look easy.” I have to admit that it doesn’t always feel easy. There is a good chance I have a reminder in my phone or a note on my hand (don’t tell my mother) so I don’t forget something. So even though it looks easy, look closer as there could be a glint of panic in my eye (after all, the meeting is running late which will put my whole schedule off.)
  • “It’s been my experience that, whatever we do after we have children, it’s always accompanied by an element of regret and guilt.” This one actually struck me hard. Not one day goes by that I don’t feel guilty or have regret. Granted, it’s not often powerful and all consuming, more along the lines of “Oh, I should have said that better,” or “I missed her goal kick.” Us working moms are awfully hard on ourselves and I wish there was a way to prevent that.
  • “Every day you are making strides towards normalizing work-life balance for parents.” This comment actually brought on a sort of revelation for me. I’ve been so focused on just making it work for myself and my family, that I haven’t thought about the change this is creating in workplace structure. I’m not naive enough to think that my changes alone are significant, but I am one of many working moms who are demanding change. We are a powerful force for change when we act together.

Thank you, working mom, for all that you do.

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