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Being a Working Mother

A working mother is a woman with the ability to combine a career with the added responsibility of raising a child. 

Working mothers have often received a lot of negative publicity. They are blamed for not taking proper care of their children;leaving them in day-care for extended periods, palming them off on anyone who will look after them. The argument is that their learning and development will suffer because you are not with them 24 h a day, 7 days a week, how your work will suffer because it is not your priority. Is this a fair argument?
Why do women work?
In the present world, mothers continue to work because they have careers that they have spent years developing. Some women return to work soon after giving birth because they know that most employers in this country are not sympathetic to working mothers who wish to take time off to be with their young children. If these women stop working, even for several months, they may give up some of the advantages they have earned or risk losing certain career opportunities.
Plagues of a working mother
  • When the mother is working, childcare support is essential and can be quite expensive. It may actually offset the financial benefits of both the parents.
  • Stress can be high amongst working mothers, which may reflect in their relationships at home and office. She is stressed to reach work on time, to send her child to school and to reach all the children's deadlines on time including food and dress, and she is also pressed for time to look after her home simultaneously.
  • Working women have the responsibility of the work place as well as at their domestic front.
  • Unexpected sickness of children often affects her professional life.
  • Sexual relationships can also be quite strained due to fatigue and lack of time, especially where both partners have long working hours.
  • Nutritional requirements may be neglected in the quest to complete and meet all targets at home as well as at work leading to a deficiency of many important nutrients like iron, vitamins, minerals and proteins.
The beauty of being a working mother does involve a lot of sacrifices, some of which have been mentioned above. On the other side it does offer you some benefits too. 

Role model: You are providing an excellent role model for your children. Every day, your children get to see you take care of them and the house as well as darting off to work and having your own career. You are providing them with a good work ethic and showing them that you can have the best of both worlds.
Personal benefits: Family equations have known to shift for the better when both parents are working. The father and husband is required to help out more in day-to-day living, and as a result develops a better relationship with his children, and more often that not his wife or partner! This may also help the children to understand that a family is about joint effort, not one person doing everything for the others (often how a mother is perceived by her children, partner and often herself!).Children of working mothers often grow up to be independent, responsible and achievement oriented. These children often take on more responsibility, not just because it is expected, but also because it is necessary. They learn quickly that everything will not be done for them or handed to them on a silver platter. 

Professional benefits: From a career angle, being a mother can offer great perspective in the workplace because at the end of the day, many adults appear to act like children. The skills you have honed as a parent including patience and communication skills lend themselves greatly to any job. You will have a wealth of experience to add to your CV and to apply to your job that you would never have had if you had not become a mother.

Social benefits: Working gives a woman the avenue to keep her social networks up to date and the wonderful opportunities to interact with adults. A mother who has spent any length of time with her small children will very much appreciate this!

There are always two sides of a coin. On difficult days where you may wonder if it is worth it, just remember the nobleness of being a working mother.The step towards balancing work and family is explained in the section being a working mother.
  • Good parenting is possible by proper organizing, outlining priorities and getting as much help as possible. Organizing and prioritizing can help one save time to spend with your children at home.
  • Make the most of the free time you do have with your child to make memories by taking them out, playing with them, helping them with their homework, etc.
  • Find a reputed day-care center or a play school that will take care of your child when you are away at work.
  • Plan the activities for the next day the previous night. Set out your clothes as well as your children’s clothes.
  • As soon as you reach, spend time with your children enquiring about their day at school.
  • Make it a habit of having family meals together. Turn off the television and just enjoy the company of each other.

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