Unique Challenges of Being a Working Mom


Being a working mom can be one of the most rewarding things in the world. Showing your kids that woman can be successful and have a career can be hugely impactful on their development and view on the world. However, being a working mother can be very difficult as well. It can be filled with stress, a lack of sleep, messes, and guilt.

Your clothes will almost always be dirty

There’s no doubt about it, children are messy. Whether it’s spit-up, milk, sauce, peanut butter or other bodily secretions there’s a good chance that you will have something somewhere on you. Trying to get the kids ready and out of the house while simultaneously trying to get yourself ready means that you will probably show up to the office dirty. It’s always a good idea to have an extra outfit in the office incase one day the mess is really bad. For those days when you can handle the mess, carry a to-go stain remover in your purse to give you a little extra help.

Nothing ever goes as planned

In the mornings it’s not unusual for things to be chaotic. Putting your kids to bed may take longer than expected. Basically, with kids you can’t plan anything and expect it to go smoothly. If you have an important meeting at work or you have to do something that you can’t be late for be sure to leave yourself extra time.

You will almost always be running late

Going along with the fact that nothing ever goes as planned is that you’ll almost always be running late to everything. Your child may want to switch their shoes or might refuse to eat what you’ve made. No matter what the situation, something always comes up that takes up more time than you thought it would.

Mommy guilt is real

Every mom feels guilty about being at work and not being with their kids. Some moms may feel jealous of stay-at-home moms. But just because you feel this way doesn’t mean that what you’re doing is bad. It’s normal and healthy. You might feel fine one moment and the next find yourself crying because you miss your kids. This is still healthy and normal. But what you really need to think about is why you made the decision to be a working mom. Keep thinking about the positives and how you will get to see your kids in just a few hours. While the mommy guilt might not necessarily go away, you might be able to do things that could make it a bit easier to manage the guilty feeling.

While being a working mom does come with its challenges, that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth it. The positives outweigh the challenges. It’s important to take every day as it comes and enjoy the time you have with your kids.