Submitted by FitMom_LawyerMom
I am pretty new to this parenting thing. My little one is almost five months old. My significant other and I tried to have children for years, and finally, after some help from amazing doctors, we have our little girl.
We're both pretty career driven, so our plan had always been that I would go back to work after she was born. I love what I do. However, I was not prepared for the struggle I'd need to endure while I was at work dealing with annoying colleagues (also attorneys) or mundane things - some of which I once enjoyed in the past. Often I find that I'd just rather be home with my little one.
Sometimes I feel guilty about being at work and missing out on some of her milestones, and then when I am at home I feel guilty about being behind on my work. The thing that really helps me get through my day is pictures and videos of my daughter. I watch them often!
I've also found that I am actually a much more productive employee as a mom. How you ask? Well, I want to be as efficient as possible when I am at work so that I can get home to her. So I've cut down on the extraneous things I used to do during my workday. This means I am getting more done in less time! Then I can rush home and be with my daughter guilt free.
Well, OK, mostly guilt free! 😉
Editor's note: Interestingly we've never received a story from a working father that expresses feelings of guilt associated with his work. Maybe we haven't collected enough stories yet. Or maybe men are conditioned differently than women in terms of balancing work and parenting. Either way, it's thought provoking. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment.