Why do I constantly feel what I've done isn't enough? After 15-hour days, I somehow feel guilty sitting down to rest. Whenever people approach me to offer help, I often wonder if they're thinking, How can she be tired? She's not working.
Having a working mother is a gift. Without her, I wouldn't even know what is possible. I wouldn't work so hard to pursue my dreams. And of course I want to provide the same inspiration and be a role model to my children as well.
This virtual village is far and wide -- populated by parents all over the world, with all kinds of circumstances. We have the opportunity like never before to learn and share and adjust and improve... if only we could stop burning it down.
Times have not changed much. Glass ceilings exist in many careers to this day as well as being paid unequal wages for the same work, just because you are a woman. I don't want that for my daughters.
You look forward to filling your tank full of gas because it means you get out of the car and away from the kids for at least five minutes.
Comparing ourselves to anyone else is a sure-fire way to madness. Yet, we do it constantly. The media loooooooves our comparisons. Heck, the entire advertising industry is based on making us dissatisfied.
Our love is translated to our children in these most vulnerable moments. Our words, our expressions, our body language, tell them everything.
I find more meaning and validation by working outside my home, teaching people something I that love, than in making my children breakfast.
Some mornings, it take a great deal of determination to not slip into some heels, run out the front door and beg for my quiet, organized cubicle back. That is why it infuriates me when a working mother says to me: "I could never be a stay-at-home mom."
The beautifully captured moments are definitely truthful moments, but I don't forget what's behind them. Nobody I know leads a life of only rainbows and butterflies, hot tubs and wine. Friends are for Facebook. But also, friends are for Life.
I remember the first time I discovered I was pregnant. I looked in disbelief at the pregnancy test. The joy that I felt was immediately overcome by concern.
Do you know that you're doing a great job? Do you know that someone is thankful for you? Do you know that (almost) no matter what you do, you can't get it wrong?
Now that you're all set, and feel like you can fit this into your life, I'm going to share 10 ideas of what to do during your self-love rituals. This list is just a small snapshot of what you can do, the sky's the limit!
We get really good at debating what's best for the children, but sometimes what's best for the children is what's best for us.
Armed with the skills I accrued during my 10 years of working in the corporate world as an assistant to various financial executives and all of the parenting books one person could read, I set out to be my ideal of the modern, educated stay-at-home-mom.
There are some high-level executives, business owners and heads of HR out there who just don't get it. They don't get the life cycle of a new mother and they don't get that the way things are going now in the world of maternity leave is costing businesses money and resources.