Working moms are stressed out. Here is a rundown of the top 10 reasons why, from a working mom herself:
1. We’re Always Running Late
We are late to mostly everything, especially work. You can set 15 alarms, lay out clothes the night before, and meal prep until the good Lord comes back. Inevitably, there will be a meltdown or someone will have to poop, and next thing yoy know, you are running 20 minutes behind, speeding down the highway answering questions about where babies come from and why the earth is round.
2. We’re Overloaded With Tasks
We are tired. Most nights we come home from work already exhausted with several more hours of dinner, dishes, homework, baths, and bedtime routines. Not to mention, the fact that one kid will take 45 minutes to fall asleep while the other will wake up sixteen times during the night.
3. Never-Ending Laundry
We have to do laundry. Laundry. Is. Our. ENEMY. I folded 7 loads this weekend and I still have more…all because I chose to skip last weekend. Laundry is the devil and sometimes I think about just starting a bonfire in the back yard with all the clothes and just starting fresh.
4. Skipped Meals
We are hungry. We are expected to feed our children nutritious meals when there are some days I don’t even get breakfast or lunch. (Mostly my fault.) Don’t get me started on all the Pinterest lunches I’ve packed for my kids only for them to take one bite. Every time we do actually sit down to eat, someone needs more of something and we must get up. Repeat this 20 times an afternoon and you’ve got an average dinner in our home.
5. No Sick Days
We aren’t allowed to be sick. Sick days are never really used for ourselves because we never know when the stomach bug could wipe out our entire house. Who is the one that’s gonna clean up the puke? *Points to self*
6. We’re The Family Chauffeur
We have to drive our kids everywhere. We have to be an Uber driver for small humans that cry most when they are buckled up, and they don’t tip very well. Extracurricular activities are amazing and do wonderful things for our children but some days the money, the practice, and the late nights are just too much for the tiny humans and their exhausted mom.
7. Too Many Activities
We must participate in all the things. Classroom parties and field trips are wonderful and amazing memories made with our children, but working 40+ hours a week means I sometimes can’t bake 2 dozen cupcakes or cancel an important meeting to go to a pumpkin patch. The mom guilt is real! My heart wants to volunteer for all the things, but have you seen my laundry room?! Just sayin’.
8. Beauty Standard Pressures
We must look pretty. Working moms, well women in general, are expected to look put together. Ever heard of contouring and fake lashes? Yup, that’s a thing that women do every day. Who in the holy heck has time for this?!
We must keep a clean house. The house…well, it will never be clean. Like, never. You can try with all your might for your house to look like a Chip and Joanna Gaines farmhouse chic Pinterest billboard but just as you are about to pack the kids up for school drop off, right when you have twenty thousand things in your hand, your kid will spill their orange juice or the dog with take a crap on your couch (it happens).
10. Mom Guilt
We have to work with the guilt that our children spend more time with others than with us. We are expected to work like we don’t have children and raise children like we don’t have careers. We are ALWAYS torn between excelling in our career or rocking it as a mom. The balance between the two seems non-existent.
Sometimes we roll up to work while drying our tears and fighting the urge to go snatch our babies up and take them home to cuddle them forever. Sometimes we roll up to the school drop off line and practically push our children out of the car because we just need two seconds of silence before we get to work.
However, at the end of the day, when we finally lay down, we thank the Lord above for this beautifully chaotic life we have and pray for extra grace for the next day. Because we know we are gonna need it.
PS – I was interrupted 4 times while trying to write this…and it’s after 10 p.m.
This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Brandie Kendrick. You can follow her journey on Facebook. Be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories.
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