As I continue to read the articles and opinions that pop up each week on the topic of working motherhood, I’m struck by something often missing from these conversations: working motherhood is a) not always a choice and b) even when it is optional, it’s not a selfish act.
I am going to admit it right here publicly, without guilt: one of the major benefits of working is getting a break from your darling children. Oh yes, we working moms have CRAZY amounts of guilt about leaving our kids each day for our jobs, and constantly re-assess if it is worth it, whether that is for a few hours each week or full-time-plus and whether it is working from our home office or traveling to the other side of the world. But I truly believe it is ok to ENJOY escaping to…I mean going to… work.
For many working moms, business travel is a necessity of the job. It can be a welcome opportunity for some “me time” or it can bring on separation anxiety. For me, I usually experience some combination of these emotions when I travel without my little one.
The stomach flu hit our house twice last winter (any other mother's dreading the shift to winter in anticipation of the onslaught of illness??) and we fell like dominoes; first my husband, then me and then my toddler daughter. You have been there right? Comforting each other, lots of (icky) cleaning up, crackers and water the meal of choice for days.