If you’re a working mom like me, I’m sure you have the “mom guilt” thought bubble pop in your head on the daily.
This is something that I’ve struggled with since the first day I dropped my oldest off at daycare for the first time. I bawled my eyes out as I was driving away from him. Thank God my sister answered my phone call and between sobs she was able to tell me it would be okay. All I wanted to do was turn around, pick him up and snuggle that chubby guy.
I now have a 3 & almost 5 year old and guess what, the guilt is still there. Even though I absolutely love my job, there is always guilt lurking inside me. It’s especially tough the mornings I hear, “Mom, do we get to stay home today?!” My response is usually, “No, buddy, you’re on your way to daycare. Mommy has to work today.” Insert heart ache here.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. I’ve found that without our amazing village, being a working mom wouldn’t be as rewarding, fulfilling or “easy” for me.
So to my Village, I want to say thank you. Thank you for giving me peace of mind while I fill my bucket at work.
To our daycare provider (who happens to be our neighbor – DOUBLE SCORE!). As an in home provider who has been with my boys since they were both 3 months old, you have always been full of love for them. Thank you for loving our boys as your own and teaching both of our boys the values I see in your own children. You’ve helped lay the foundation in which our little boys will grow. I hope they continue to be kind, curious & thoughtful little men!
To our parents who we owe too many IOU’s to keep track of… You have helped with last minute calls to pick them up. Watched them while they were sick. You make the 2 hour drive to take them for a few days when we have to be at an important work meeting. The list doesn’t end here, but WOW! We are lucky and seriously owe you! You’ve taught our boys respect and love through your actions. You continue to build lasting memories with our boys and never say “NO” to hanging out with our guys while we go on a date. Thanks for always being there and sharing parenting advice with us.
To our sisters who are the boy’s Uber to Grandma’s house or a phone call away when some weird medical situation is going on with our little guys. You make the world a better place with your Snapchats and the boys know they have the best Auntie’s in the world. Special shout out to my sister Rachel – when I was a new mama, your advice was worth more than gold.
To our Emma. You made this summer unbelievable as our live-in nanny. The memories you made with our boys will never be forgotten. As Keaton said, “Mom, is Emma going to be our sister?” the offer is always open… but more music videos will be a sister requirement!
To our neighbors and Eagle Lake community. We live in a safe town where kids ride their bikes around town or go fishing down by the lake. It’s the perfect small town community, but close enough to Target! (TRIPLE SCORE!) As our boys continue to grow, I hope they continue to feel safe and feel part of our city. We love the parks and lack of mosquitoes to enjoy them!
Who is in your village? Take a second to thank them and let go of the mom guilt. Life is too short.