Do you feel guilty? Do you find it difficult to leave your baby and go to work? Do you feel like you've arrived at a crossroads in your life and need to make a decision? Are you happy with your job? Do you believe you are neglecting your children, partner, or family? Are you in a bad mood? Overloaded? Perhaps you are simply dissatisfied with what is going on in your life.
All of these questions will arise, causing you to rethink your life's priorities. When this conflict “work vs. family”, arises, sit and write down your concerns. Begin with the most fundamental question: Why do I go to work?
Women go to work for a number of reasons; some enjoy their jobs or the pay, some have to continue working due to economic reasons and others enjoy the feeling of power and aspire to be successful and self-sufficient wage earners. Whatever is your reason, your decision should be based on what you truly want and what is most important to you and your family in the long run.
Consider all of your options if you believe it is time to become a "stay at home mom”. After all, being a "stay-at-home mom" is a full-time job!
Working is a challenge for every woman who has children. You will always have the feeling that your mind is not constantly focused on one location. When you're at work, you'll be thinking about your children all the time. When you're at home, you'll be thinking about work and won't be able to resist the temptation to check your emails. You feel like you're being pulled in a million different ways, and you'll feel guilty about not being able to give your full attention to what you're doing. You must recognize that a working mother misses many wonderful moments in her child's development, but you must also learn how to overlook and compensate for these missed opportunities. You should know that you are doing an excellent job, and your children will be fine despite the time you spent away from them. The most important thing is that your children understands how much you adore them.
Would I be a better mother if I didn't work full-time? I have no doubt that staying at home would make things calmer, the house cleaner, your partner more relaxed, your children happier, and your life less hectic and stressful, but would You be happier?
With that said, I am sure that you are not the only working mother, but once you determine what you truly require, the guilt will fade.
Trust your instincts and consider what is best for you, your children and your family!