Lately I’m hearing about studies showing that “working moms” are healthier and happier than “stay-at-home-moms.” First of all, let’s get real: we are ALL working moms. Being a stay-at-home mom is hard work. I get a glimpse of it when my toddler is home sick, and it’s much more exhausting than a workday.
But I will say that personally, I enjoy being a working mom. I do feel lucky that having my own business allows me to make my own schedule—and gives me the unique opportunity to tap into both worlds. I work 9-5 hours in my office (which sometimes end up being 11-5 or 9-3), but I’m able to leave early for a playdate or stay home when Little One is sick (which has been happening too often now that his immune system is adjusting to daycare…)
I will admit that after having a baby, I had thoughts of staying home. Going to playdates, the park, mommy groups, it all seemed so…FUN. However, I quickly realized that staying home didn’t mean not working—and I would miss my design business that I’ve grown over the last 12+ years.
It’s not easy being a working mom. There are days when Little One is sick and crying for Mama, but I have to call a babysitter and go to my office (hello, Mommy Guilt). But I enjoy the balance, creativity and sense of accomplishment that my workday provides—not to mention the inspiration that my toddler provides for my design business (especially for my line of baby and kids apparel). And one day I hope my son will be proud of his mama’s business. So yes, working does make me a happy and healthy mama.