I think I've written about this topic a million times recently. But it's an issue that's been on my mind more than anything else lately. How does a working mom balance the responsibilities of raising a family while working? I've been feeling stretched too thin lately!
I'll be the first to admit that I had it really easy. After my daughter was born, I decided to quit my job and devote my life to raising my daughter. My hubby was making good money, and we had pretty low overhead, so it made sense for us.
Only, I was pretty bored. I'm not the world's best housekeeper. In fact, I'm probably up there among the worst. I'm not the least bit interested in decorating. Cooking and baking can be fun, but it's not something I can spend the whole day doing. Once my daughter was old enough to be in school, I found myself getting more and more bored.
I looked for part-time work, but it was nearly impossible in this economy. I was really over-qualified for everything I applied for, so I never received interviews. My luck changed about a year ago. A friend who was a high-level executive at an internet start-up hired me. It was great to reenter the workforce and make some money again. Then a really big internet company acquired the firm. They considered working as little as 30 hours a week to be full-time, so I increased my hours to get benefits. Now, I'm working 30 hours a week on top of a 2-hour round trip commute. I'm still the parent with primary responsibility for cooking, laundry, and care-giving. My weekday starts at 5:30 am and often goes nonstop until 9:30 pm.
While I love being back in the workforce, I sometimes feel that I'm not balancing all my responsibilities very well. I'm often impatient with my daughter and husband. I feel like I'm not always on top of my game at work. It's a huge challenge to please everybody. And "me" time? Just about nonexistent.
I know I still have it pretty good. I have no idea how single moms who have more than one kid do it.