Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mommy Guilt Strikes Again

In recognition of May Day, and to champion the working folk, I'd like to discuss the Mommy Guilt that is taking a hold of me right this minute. I had to *gasp* request to work from home this morning so I could see my oldest chickadee perform at school this morning. She would be heartbroken if I couldn't make it. Of course, I want to see it too, but I always hate asking for time off - especially since I'm new.

Truth be told, I'm much more efficient working from home. I can work with minimal interruption (except for my social media itch) and I can shave off all that wasted time in the driveway, commute and parking lot drudgery. Another downfall to working from home, is making my own coffee - grinding the beans, boiling the water, cleaning the French press, filling it with new coffee grounds, waiting for it to steep, pouring, adding creamer - argh - such a process! I've grown to really love our office's Keurig coffee machine, always at the ready.

I'm trying to be a top-notch employee and exceed expectations, but it's getting exhausting with deadlines that never end. Sometimes I doubt my ability to keep up the pace. I almost want to laugh maniacally (Muppet reference) when I get another email saying that we need to put a rush on a new project that I know absolutely nothing about.

Today, however, I am going to enjoy my role as a mom of a first grader, who is cheerfully performing for her family in her school performance. Such sweet innocence and joy for life. I am blessed by my children.



11 comments:

  1. Man, the guilt of motherhood lurks around every corner, doesn't it! You are not alone. My daughter's dad (not together) has to miss her 1st school play ever and I felt so bad about it I invited extra people to make up for it. LOL! We moms shoulder a lot - hang in there!

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  2. If only we could split ourselves into two, or three separate people, right?

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  3. I think you're lucky to work for a company that will allow you to work from home some days. How was the play?

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  4. We can't win! If we only work, we feel guilt about not being home enough to raise our kids, if we're only at home, we feel guilt about wasting our own potential/financially contributing to the household, and if we work part-time we feel both. It's such a shame. I hope that the play was adorable to see!

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  5. We can't avoid feeling guilty! Either if we work or we don't work. But at the end of the day, we have to do what makes us happy

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  6. Your little chickadee is so lucky to have a mommy that will rearrange her schedule to make sure to be THERE!

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  7. Mommy guilt is the worst, but so many of us suffer from it all the time. That's great that you were able to be there today!

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  8. Mommy guilt...ugh! Yes...I've been there...a lot...but know that you're doing a great job and it's awesome that sometimes you can work from home : )

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  9. Ughh can totally relate. The guilt! I currently work from home. I have for 7 years and have been thinking about going outside of the house but I really enjoy the flexibility plus I agree I'm way more productive. Keep up the good work!

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  10. I will never live down missing the Spring Sing. Never.

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  11. Thanks for all of the support! The guilt was short-lived and my daughter was so happy to see me there! My boss seems to be very understanding of missing work for family or doctors appointments, so that's a relief.

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