I’ve read a lot of mommy blogs lately about the guilt surrounding being a working mom. Having been there myself when I first returned to work after Miss A was born, I understand why it happens. You return to work, people ask you why, they ask you how you can stand leaving your child to be “raised by someone else” (ugh), why doesn’t your husband earn enough that you can stay home, or worst of all, why are you so selfish that you want to return to work (yes, selfish for wanting to provide for your family).
I say – enough! I say we end this guilt! We as moms (and face it, even stay at home moms are still truly working moms at heart) get enough criticism and ridicule regardless of our parenting choices. I refuse to continue feeling guilty for being a working mom – a “choice” that I felt was best for both me and my family. (I place choice in quotations because in many cases, it’s not a choice, it’s a necessity.)
Besides, would anyone say these things to a father who “chose” to return to work? (I’m sure that men get even more flack for being “stay at home dads” than men who “choose” to return to work).
Anyone else with me?