3 thoughts on “Chasing Balance in Motherhood

  • January 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I disagree with your conclusions. I am a happy stay-at-home mom. I love being home with my children. I am not resentful of giving up my career or any part of my life to raise them. The research I have read concludes that a woman’s satisfaction as a working or “non-working” (employed) mother is directly related to whether her state of employment was her choice.

    I believe that the conclusions which state all mothers are unhappy are justifications working mothers use to alleviate their Mommy-guilt. Maybe I am the exception, but I would much rather be home with my children than working and missing any moment in their lives.

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    • January 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Let me clarify my last statement: I have not heard a stay home mom state that all women are unhappy. I have only seen articles or blogs written by working moms, or heard comments from friends who are working moms, which make this claim.

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  • January 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I am not yet a mom, yet have a suggestion, which seems simple enough to me from my perspective, which I understand is an outsider on the topic.

    It’s in regards to: ” The survey results came to one alarming conclusion: Mothers, no matter their stay-at-home or working status, are unhappy. They are not balanced. They feel guilty when working but they crave me time when with their children. What’s the solution here? I’m not sure, ”

    SIMPLE IDEA: mothers must commit to make time after work, before being with their children, for themselves. Either exercising, seeing friends, going to a class that interests them, being in their spiritual practice. I am sure, that even 20 minutes of any of the above may be helpful. While 1-2 hour is best.

    Anyone have thoughts or responses on this suggestion?

    Very best, Patrice

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