See Mommy Work

10 Reasons Why Working Makes Me A Better Mother

Posted on: April 23, 2011

If you’re feeling guilty as a working mom, stop it right now.  If working makes you more happy, satisfied, sane, reasonable – you’re not alone.  Your family will thank you later.

10 – The 15 minute commute of alone time in the car makes a whole lot of baggage fade away.  Both ways!
9 – Rewards for good work are tangible and regular.  We all need reassurance that we are doing good work, and it just doesn’t happen all that often at home.
8 – Work is, for the most part, a fair and predictable game.  Do work = get paid.  Motherhood can be a thankless job, where extra effort put in today may not make a tangible difference for years, and by that time you’ll probably be getting ready to retire anyway.
7 – People at work are rational.  (Well, for the most part…)  Co-workers don’t have any pre-conceived ideas about who you are or any special interest in what you should become.
6 – At home most everything is shared – space, food, stuff, time, money.  At work, what’s mine is mine.  I don’t have to choose between putting everyone else first or  feeling guilty about taking care of myself.
5 – Adult interaction free of children means great potential for following a single thought through to its natural ending.  Children have not yet learned that every single thought they have does not need to be spoken, so silence can be a rare treasure at home.
4 – Sometimes hearing about other people’s problems makes me appreciate my own just a little bit more.
3 – Absence makes the heart grow fonder.  A daily break from family allows everyone to go off and experience the world in his or her own way.  When we come back together and share what we learned, it is a bonding experience and we are all enriched by it.
2 – Focusing on work means putting family and home issues on hold for a few hours.  This is a great release that allows me to come back with fresh eyes and more patience than before.
1 – Full-time motherhood without a release is stressful.  Professional therapy to mitigate the damage costs $80 an hour.  When I go to work, they pay me.  This one is a no-brainer.  🙂

A happy Mom is a good Mom.  At one time or another, working Moms usually feel guilty about leaving their family responsibilities to go to work.  It’s time to appreciate the other side – what benefits (besides income!) does your working bring to your family? 

~Michelle

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