My Ode to Working Moms

I’m writing this after not blogging for a long time.

Like many things in my life, I feel like blogging, although it’s an outlet I thoroughly enjoy, is not always on the top of my list, and I often feel guilty about that.

But I’m writing this as a note to new working moms: you’re doing a good job.

Whether you realize is or not, doing the best you can do IS good enough. 

I constantly feel torn between my work life and my family life, and I am lucky and honored to work at a not-for-profit organization that gets me and values me. 

A friend of mine, who is also a new working mom, shared this video on her Facebook page, and after working late and not seeing my baby tonight and being tired and knowing I’ll be working late again tomorrow, it made me cry: 

http://www.whattoexpect.com/wom/baby/working-moms-this-emotional-ad-shows-youre-doing-better-than-you-think 

It made me cry because I know what this woman feels like. Because I know that doubt well. Because I know how affirming positive feedback is. Because I want to remember this video when someone I manage has a baby, so give them this experience. Kudos to Chicco for creating this video.

Because being a new working mom is gratifying and terrifying and relieving. Because we are trying the best we can, and that’s good and important. And just because I work and “don’t have the privilege” to stay at home with my sweet daughter, that’s ok, and, for me, that’s good. Because I can be a good colleague and employee and manager and friend…and a good mom. At least, that’s the balance I aspire to achieve.

I’m not writing this to fish for compliments or anything like that. But more to say, I know it’s hard, but do your best and that’s wonderful. And surround yourself with people who will support you and love you and make you better.

Xo