Today, on Working Mommy Wednesday, we’re answering a tough question: Does your job make you a better or worse mother?
This question is so difficult that I’m not going to give you a straight answer.
My answer? It depends.
Some days, I feel really good about work/life balance. I enjoy my job tremendously, and when I come home from work to be with my kids I am more than ready to see them! In fact, I can honestly say that I never get tired of being with them because I know each moment is precious. My kids know how much I love to hang out with them.
I’ve talked to some of my working mom friends about this before, and we like to pat each other on the back and say things like, “Gosh, I’m more patient with my kids because I’m not with them all day,” or “I think my kids are better off with me working outside the home.”
I would be lying to you if I told you that this is the whole story.
There’s always another side, isn’t there?
If I’m really honest, I have to admit that my job has the capacity to make me a worse mother. To be less involved with my kids. More distracted. More impatient. And more focused on what’s going on outside my home than what’s going on inside my home.
And some days, I’m probably a worse mother because I’m a busy lawyer.
So I’m sticking to my initial answer: It depends.
I’m just trying to be the person I’m created to be. And, at this point in my life, that includes both a Lawyer and a Mommy!
Thank God for grace.