One of my personal struggles with being such a busy working mom is not having a perfectly ordered house at all times. It is something I desire, but have had to relinquish due to the demands of life. I say I have relinquished it, but not 100%, because it still frustrates me from time to time. My wise mother in law once told me, “One day your house will be beautiful – perfect – and empty.” That’s a sobering thought! We all know how fast our kids grow up, and how time seems to go faster the older we, as parents, get.
Another struggle I have as a tired momma is the guilt I sometimes feel for not allowing my kids to do lots of extracurricular activities like many of their friends. I worry that they are missing out on an opportunity to develop an undiscovered gift or talent. The other part says that I don’t want to spend what little free time I have with my family in a minivan going from practice, to class, to an event, to game, etc. I have a rule that each child may only do one extra activity at a time – and sometime we completely take a rest from the extracurricular “circuit.” I would rather spend our weekend pitching in to finish chores together so that we can play ball in the yard, go on a family outing, or visit extended family. I don’t know if this is the best approach, but it’s mine. Only time will tell if it was a smart decision or not.
There are many other concerns for which I wrestle mentally. Having a three-day weekend every week would certainly solve some of our difficulties and relieve stress!
What are your greatest concerns or struggles as a working mom? (“Working mom” is a redundant title by the way – if you are a mom, you definitely work a lot- be it inside or outside of the home!)