I've learned that there's no "finish line" in life. Being a working mother doesn't mean I have to play some impossible balancing act. It's about discovering my rhythm and finding what works for me and my family. Once I let the pressure and expectations go, everything started to fall into place. Motherhood: it's a work in progress.
The decision of how to juggle work and home can be agonizing. There are elements of guilt on both sides. Those who return to work feel guilty they are missing out, or should stay home for their child's enrichment, and those who stay at home can feel infantilized or discounted professionally. Rarely do we escape the ebbs and flows.