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You are not alone.
We have guilt that we're not home more with the kids.
then we have guilt for not wanting to be home all the time with the kids because we like our jobs and getting out in the real world.
Basically, guilt is the #1 requirement for a working mom :)
Yup. I've been having a hard time the past couple of weeks. Really the only thing keeping me going is the fact that summer is almost here and I will be home with DD. (I'm a teacher.)
jasminelorraine20:I feel this way every now and again. There's always those days when I'm sitting at work and I feel like I'm just taking up space, rather than being productive because there's just nothing to do. Those are the days that I feel like I should be home with DS instead of "working".
No. Guilt is pointless. I do wish I had more time with DD occasionally, but most of the time I'm happy to have a fulfilling career that keeps me sane, happy and healthy.
I would feel guilty if I didn't work and contribute financially to my family though. I would not be able to do it.
I definitely do- especially near the end of the week. I feel like I have just been gone from the kids for so long. Financially, I need to work full time- plus I do like my job. A few things that help me out is having a routine- we do pizza night every Friday and Saturday is family day. I also try to take a random Monday or Friday off once a month to spend with the girls- It's a hard balance.
I feel guilty about work ALL THE TIME. Lately, my manager has been scheduling me closing shifts, which means I'm at work past 11 pm. My husband gets up around 5:30 every morning and our DD is usually awake till one in the morning. If he watches her while I'm at work, he ends up losing sleep. We also only have one car, and I take it if I'm working late. My husband does whine A LOT, but it makes me feel guilty when I can't be at home to cook dinner or he feels stuck at home because I have the car. Most nights my mom takes the baby. Then I feel guilty about making my mom babysit till 11:30 or later. It's just a crappy situation right now.
I do not love my job, but I've been with the company for 15 years and can't afford to go elsewhere. Sometimes I feel like it's totally NOT worth it to work, but then reality hits and I realize I HAVE to. My husband's job is getting better, though, and I've been thinking about transferring to another department which has more flexible hours. Some days aren't as bad as others. I'm just grateful for the time I do get spend with my little family.