Many work at home mothers (WAHM’s) struggle to find a good balance. They find themselves either working too much, never finding time for themselves. Or the other way around, always finding something to distract them from work, always feeling they don’t get enough work done.
Archive for February, 2011
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the “GOOD” living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life. I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment realizing that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more “I love you’s” and more “I’m sorry’s”
…..but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute…..look at it and really see it … live it … and never give it back.
~~ In honor of women’s history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer.
Found on: WAHM – Succesvol Thuiswerken
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Read the research by INSEAD professor Herminia Ibarra and PhD candidate Otilia Obodaru
I recently ran a workshop with 12 women, 12 mothers to be precise, and my was it a joy, for all of us. A joy of recognition. I felt I had personally struggled to find a way to make motherhood work for me. It had certainly been an interesting journey, with highs and lows. But, why had it been such a difficult one?