A lot of people look at the career mom as a Super- heroine. A lot of people make me laugh with their misconceptions and small mindedness.
Many women are working outside of the home nowadays and maintaining lucrative careers.
Women are breadwinners and for many that is admirable. Women of today are being praised for duality and viewed as strong, resilient and examples of leadership. Slogans like, The future is her… is an example of the evolution of women. Many of the most successful women also hold the title, “MOM”!
However, there is a latter, and we know that no good deed goes unpunished, and no decisions comes without judgement.
The truth is, WE career moms are still ridiculed and talked about by others often. We are always asked how we balance everything, as if there is a definitive answer. As soon as my child misbehaves in school I am blamed for my career taking top precedence in my life versus being a mother. We are accused of being selfish women, who are more concerned with our professional and monetary success instead of the well-being of our children.
The suggested well-being is for all moms to stay home and nurture their children ideally until they are able to attend school.
While I am for the idea of nurturing and spending time with your kids, I am sure that all moms would not benefit their child or themselves with this arrangement. Truth is, some moms work best when they get time away from their children to take care or fulfill their dreams. Is that selfish? Well that’s a personal opinion…
But how productive and how happy will a mom be if she spends days with her kids while feeling like she is neglecting her dreams financially and personally? Many women who do this often resent their life and sadly their children. With resentment comes triggers that may even cause mental health issues.
I made this post because I have been told some stupid things when found out I am a career mom and I’m honestly sick of the ignorance.
Below are 5 of the most stupid things I have heard and my response to the comments and questions.
1. Don’t you miss your kids?
Five words come to mind when I get asked this question, “you gotta be freaking kidding me!” That is certainly a milder version of what is actually in my head. Honestly, what kind of question is that? Me being the smart ass I am, I usually say things like, “Absolutely not.” Why wouldn’t I miss my kids and asking me does not make me feel any better. I am sure I am not the only mom to hear this foolery.
2. If you could have a million dollars, would you stay at home with your kids?
First of all, being at work does not always equate the need for money All career moms are not just money motivated. It may just be a personal desire of the mother to have a career. However, there are many moms who are concerned with financial compensation so obviously that is why they are working. If we had a million dollars we all would probably be making different choices but seriously…
3. Do you feel like someone else is raising your kids?
Of all the questions and comments this ranks high with disrespect. How dare could you compare raising, to me involving necessary helpful partners to accompanying me with my children’s development. First of all, it takes a village to raise a child and whether you like it or not, other sources will be necessary in the proper development of your child. Your child will need other people besides you at some point. Other perspectives and expertise to help them grow and be more multi-dimensional.
4. Do you feel bad when you miss out on events?
My first thought is: What makes you think I am missing out on all the events? Obviously, as a working parent there will be things that I miss. Honestly, I try to make as many events that I can. Me not showing up to support my kids is extremely rare. But seriously, no parent wants to be asked a question like that because the answer is pretty evident.
5. Do you feel like your kids would benefit better from you staying home vs working?
This question used to bother me a lot because growing up with a stay at home mom I could obviously see the benefits in how I was nurtured. It made me feel like I was slighting and depriving my children from a enriched life. However, I am learning to stop comparing my childhood and circumstances to my children. I also believe that whatever is best for my children will present itself and become our reality as long as I am aligned with my purpose.
With that being said, I hope all career moms understand you are not alone. People will support you and others will judge you. Keep going, you got this mama!