When I'm busy with work projects that cut into my evenings and weekends (family time), I feel very conflicted in that I would like to be successful with my graphic design business (for personal reasons), but then I feel guilty because I'm not spending any time with my children. Conversely, when work is slower, I have more time to spend with my family, but then I worry that about money, and I worry that I'm failing a little professionally.
I can acknowledge that women as a species are never happy. Working moms have their issues as do stay at home moms, both of which are miserable and feel guilty for opposing reasons. Because I work part time from home, I enjoy the best and worst of both worlds so I can empathize with both parties, but it also makes me a little insane.
What is the right answer? It's not like it's the 1950's and women are expected to be home all day making dinner and wearing heels and pearls. Women today have choices, difficult ones. Being a good homemaker (Ugh - I hate that word because it sounds so archaic and sexist) and mother probably means that you can't have a successful career. However, having a successful career means that you can't be the perfect wife and mother. ARG!
Most women my age are most likely struggling with these feelings too so I would just like to say that all mothers, regardless of their job status (and yes, being a stay-at-home mother IS a JOB - one that I could NEVER do), should receive the highest kudos every day for doing their best to fill shoes that are so very big, uncomfortable, and very tiring.
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!