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Working Mom Guilt

A New Definition of Motherhood

Roshini Raj, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Roshini Raj, M.D.

The idea that your own children would not call you a good mother is the nightmare every working woman dreads -- hence the guilt. But does working hard outside the home preclude being a good mother? It depends on your definition of motherhood.

How This Working Mom Is Trying to Embrace Imperfection

Debra Pickett | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Debra Pickett

I was having one of those working mom moments when you feel all conflicted and then get mad at yourself for feeling all conflicted because the men in the office certainly aren't and then you either go the rest room and cry for minute or pull yourself together and get on with your day.

No Snow Days for Working Moms

Kerry Lyons | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

What happened to the smiling, fun-loving Mom that talked of watching movies and snuggling by the fire? Why was she replaced by this snarling, stressed-out Work Mommy? As I looked at their confused, hopeful faces, I realized my so-called snow day was over.

Finding Joy and Fun As a Mom

Debra Pickett | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Debra Pickett

We are bombarded with worries for ourselves, our careers, our children's futures, the state of the world. But, as parents, we are also given an incredible gift: The chance to once again experience the world by living in the moment.

Let's Ditch The Mom Guilt Once And For All

Lisa-Jo Baker | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Lisa-Jo Baker

You are mothering. You actually already are. So go ahead, let yourself off the hook. Dish up the ice cream at 10:00 p.m. and not the guilt.

Robina M. Gumbs, Esq.: The Price of Gladiating

Robina M. Gumbs, Esq. | Posted 09.29.2013 | Women
Robina M. Gumbs, Esq.

"Your daughter has stopped eating." With those five words, I felt as though my mother had plunged a knife into my heart.

'No One Ever Told Me It Would Be Like This'

Myra Evans | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Myra Evans

I tried to hear what was wrong in between the sobs, but she only managed to get a few words out between the tears. She was gasping for air. My heart sank. I had 12 trustees waiting for me to finish a presentation on a $1 billion asset allocation strategy.

The Lesson of Marissa Mayer

Katrina Alcorn | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Katrina Alcorn

Those of us who are conscientious about doing a good job and being a good parent constantly weigh competing priorities. Every day, we make decisions about where to put our time and attention, so that both our kids and our coworkers get what they need from us.

How I Stopped Blaming Motherhood for my Failures

Erin Cox | Posted 03.24.2013 | Parents
Erin Cox

Life has seasons, and I know unequivocally that everything happens in divine timing. Now that I have fully embraced this fact, I am better able to compartmentalize my life.

'Tis the Season

Lisa Price | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents
Lisa Price

The three most important men in my life were right here. I could hear everyone breathe as they slept, each with their own pattern of inhales and exhales. I remember thinking "this is it." This is why we work hard. This is what life means. This is what is important.

Trying to 'Have It All' With a Nanny

Erika Soto Lamb | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
Erika Soto Lamb

It's enough to be a working mother -- constantly inundated by the discussion of whether or not we can "have it all" -- and then to hear this awful tale that plants a seed of fear about how maybe you can't even trust the one person who, for those of us trying to do it, helps us keep it together.

I Want And Don't Want To Be A Working Mom

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 09.25.2012 | Parents
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

My mom was my first great love and my first great loss, which makes me a guilt-stricken mother.

Sharing The Pangs Of Working Mother Guilt

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

"Join the club," Karen replied. "Welcome to the world of working mothers. I can guarantee you -- all working moms feel the same push/pull that you're experiencing. And I'll be some fathers do, too."