Interesting (I think) article over on IFB today about work-at-home moms and “having it all”. An excerpt from my interview:
Jordan of Ramshackle Glam, [a] new mommy, told us, ”The truth is that there’s a lot of guilt involved – I always wish that I could be 100% focused on my son when he’s awake, and then 100% focused on my work when he’s otherwise occupied, but that’s just one of the challenges associated with being a work-at-home mom: you constantly feel like you wish you could give more to both sides of your life. I do wish that I had more time in the evenings, so that I could get the bulk of my work done while my son is asleep, but I also feel like it’s important to spend at least an hour or two of concentrated time with my husband, and that’s our only opportunity to focus solely on each other, so…I guess I just wish I had 6 or 7 more hours in every day.”
Oh, new mama guilt. It’s been one of motherhood’s biggest surprises; I can ‘know’ all I want that I’m doing the best that I can, but it still doesn’t keep me from feeling that I’m just not giving as much as I want to give to anything – work, family, friends – in my life.
I think I’m very lucky to be able to work (mostly; shoot days are different) at home and spend that extra time every day with my son, but truth? Sometimes I envy women who leave the house every day, focus exclusively on work for the hours that they’re at the office, and then come home and focus exclusively on their family. It seems like when the lines are clearer, maybe you do everything just a little bit better. But I also have no idea; I’m new to this, and am still finding my footing with regards to balancing family and career.
Of course, every situation – working mom, stay-at-home mom, work-from-home mom – has its pros and cons; if you’re a working mother, how do you feel about the work/life balancing act? Is there a way to do it “right”?
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