Friday, January 25, 2013

Interview Posted on Care.com!


As new parents there are countless challenges. One of the hardest is accepting that we cannot do it all and keep our sanity. Becoming a mother changed my life for the better, but I was in no way prepared for the "mom guilt" that most of us experience at some point.

When a lovely writer from Care.com asked me to share my thoughts on balancing work and family and managing those feelings of guilt, I was delighted.

Here's the interview...

I've found it isn't always about "balance", it's about figuring out what works best for you. Sometimes that requires a bit of trial-and-error to see what fits, but in the end as long as everyone is healthy and happy, that's what's most important.

I'd love to know what you think! Do you experience mom guilt? How do you make time for yourself and keep the guilt at bay? Please share with me by leaving a comment below.

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9 comments :

  1. Hi Jes, I like your blog I must be sincere. I got here from Bloggers.com, Will surely re-visit.

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    1. Thanks for your bloggy support Emmanuel. I appreciate it!

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  2. Great interview, thanks for sharing! This is my first visit to your blog:) I have a 2 yr. old and 4 yr. old and also work full time. I have learned to accept that I can't always be with them, but still find myself feeling guilty. I struggle finding time for myself which isn't healthy.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Nicole! I'm glad you found my blog :) I can certainly appreciate what you're saying about the guilt and struggling to find "me" time. I have a hard time imaging how much harder it would be with 2, especially 2 under the age of 5!

      I hope you are able to carve out some time, even if it's only 15 minutes while you are at work to have to yourself, for peace of mind. Sometimes I get so busy and am moving so fast that I wind up "crashing" like I did yesterday. After working a long day I made it to a medical appointment early and instead of going inside, I set the alarm on my phone and zonked out in my car for ten minutes instead. It wasn't much, but it was necessary and helped me make it through my appointment and then home to make dinner.

      The things we do, right?! Thanks for reading!

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  4. Awesome interview!! I feel guilt so often and I am a stay at home Mom. Guilt when I don't get on the floor and play, guilt when somehow I didn't manage to get dinner on the table or any chores done but was home all day, guilt when I ask someone else to watch my kid when I make plans (even my husband)....and so on and so forth. I think this Mom's middle name is Guilt. Always a balancing act isn't it. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Jessica! I think it's interesting how guilt just seems to come naturally for so many of us, even though it would be nice if it didn't, and despite our best attempts to thwart it. One thing that I personally think helps keep the guilt at bay is having support from other mothers (and supporting others), which is why I really appreciate your encouraging comment. I'm so glad you connected with me here and look forward to reading more about your thoughts!

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  5. Loved your interview. I am about to return to working full time next week. I have a 16 month old son, and I recently started a Master's program in Organizational Communication Management.

    I loved your guilt-free post because lately I've felt a lot of opposition from other mom friends who are SAHMs and don't understand. I love my son and stayed at home for over a year, but I think he and I are both ready for a change.

    Anyway...that's my life story. :) Loved the blog.

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    1. Nicole, I'm so glad you connected with me here because I really enjoyed your post about returning to work and can relate. You bring both perspectives to the table - you made big changes in your life to stay home with your son that first year, which I think is inspiring, and then when it was right for you and your family, you took on a new job and grad school, truly amazing! How is the adjustment going? I feel like it got easier for me each month. Although I say easy and it's really never "easy" but I think you know what I mean :) Hope we can connect more, I'm looking forward to reading about how you juggle everything and feel confident it's possible to be passionate about motherhood and still be career-driven. Your master's program sounds really interesting too!

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