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Dear Working Mom- Cut Yourself Some Slack

Incase anyone missed the memo, parenting is tough! Trying to manage a full-time job and little ones brings a whole different set of challenges. The most obvious being the never ending mom guilt.


You feel guilty for enjoying your time at work. You feel guilty for leaving your kids in daycare instead of being at home with them every day. You feel guilty when you see stay-at-home Suzie making pinterest worthy crafts and healthy homemade dinners every night. You feel guilty for cleaning the house instead of playing together when you are home. You feel guilty if you ignore the housework and play with the kids. Basically you feel guilty about anything and everything!


So here is my PSA- cut yourself some slack! As much as the Internet says we should be superwomen who can rock it in a boardroom or build a million dollar business and still keep house like a 1950's magazine says we should, it is not possible!


Part of being a working mom, whether by choice or by need, is making a decision to provide for your family, and trusting that your kids will eventually appreciate all the energy that went into keeping everybody fed and healthy. I will be the first to admit I don’t give myself nearly enough credit for everything I accomplish, but instead I spiral over the things I don't.


This has become increasingly obvious as I have been at home during my second pregnancy. Despite doctor's advice to slow down and get off my feet, I can’t help but worry about the sink full of dishes, or the dust bunnies making a home under the couch.


And don't even get me started on the guilt over answering a text message or email instead of engaging in some kind of stimulating activity with my toddler. I forget that keeping a toddler alive, and happy, plus growing another person is a full-time job on its own. I forget that building a business means ‘balancing' a ridiculous number of priorities and not everything can be priority number one.


So to all you hard working mom's who spend far too much time feeling guilty over the things you don't get done in a day, this is your official reminder to cut yourself some slack. The dishes will always be there tomorrow! Give yourself permission to forget the to do list and relax for an hour, whether that means a family board game with cell phones off, or a hot bath with chocolate and some 90's tunes, cut yourself some slack. At the end of the day, despite how awesome of a job we are doing, even superwoman can't do it all, all the time.


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