7 Painful Reasons Being a Working Mom is Hard

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If you are struggling with being a working mom or you are a mom thinking of going back to work after baby, you are probably trying to weigh the pros and cons of being a working mom. Is being a working mom hard?

If you’re a new mom, maybe you’re just trying to get a clue of what being a working mom is really like.

Are working moms better moms? Is being a mom the hardest job of all? What are the realities of working moms?

You will find all of these answers below in the form of real-life working mom confessions.

And, you’ll even find some working mom tips to help you manage it all.

So let’s jump right in…

What Being a Working Mom is Really Like

Being a working mom is like being a manager.

You’re responsible for people relations, finances, workflow and making sure you’re knowledgeable of ALL. THE. THINGS. so you can train those you’re liable for.

Being a working mom is like being a stay-at-home mom with the added bit of finances. It’s like working two full-time jobs.

You should always have your phone close, email open and prepared to handle the unexpected.

In other words – stay alert. You never know what your day will look like.

With all that being said, you might be wondering…

Are working moms better moms?

In no way is being a working mom better than being a stay-at-home mom – or vice versa.

It’s all about preference. It’s about knowing what makes you happy, content, and feel accomplished.

And it’s about weighing the pros and cons for you and your family.

Not all families are created equal. And what works for your neighbors might not work for your household.

If you’re trying to make that decision right now, continue reading about the real struggles of being a working mom.

Because you need to be able to make a truly informed decision, here are a few tough realities of working moms.


7 Real-life Confessions of a Working Mom

Working mom guilt is real.

You might have heard of this thing called mom guilt.

RELATED: Mom Guilt – How it Affects Self-care

At the time you might have scoffed at the term and thought it was just an excuse used by a woman who couldn’t handle the hard stuff.

The truth is, once you become a mom, you become a new version of yourself. You love more deeply than you knew you could.

Loving your child is unlike any other feeling in the world.

You want to always make sure they are happy, safe, healthy and feel loved.

So when it’s time to leave that child at home or at the day care or at school, you feel a sort of guilt that is almost crippling.

You feel like you should ALWAYS be there, and if you’re not you are doing something wrong.


You will miss out on things.

Being a working mom, you will quickly learn that you can’t do it all.

When you miss a soccer game or baseball game or a school play, you will get frustrated at yourself and second guess your decision to be a working mom.

When your son’s teacher texts and says what a great time he had at the pizza party you couldn’t go to because you were tied up in a meeting with the CEO, you might just have a melt down in the bathroom before pulling yourself together and finishing out the work day.

There will be things you miss.


Being a working mom is exhausting.

Being a working mom doesn’t change the fact that you want your kids to be smart and talented.

It doesn’t change the fact that you like your house to be clean and can’t stand dishes piled in the sink.

And just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean that you work any less hard when you’re on the time clock.

You will be tired. You will be exhausted.

There will be nights you’re up ’til midnight cleaning the kitchen or folding laundry.

And yet you’re up the next morning at 5 so you can get yourself prepared for the day before packing lunches, laying out clothes and turning the house upside down looking for the missing shoe.

Sometimes you will be so tired, Mama.


Self-care is almost non-existent.

You remember all those things you use to enjoy doing in your spare time?

Painting your nails, soaking in a warm bath for an hour, spending an hour on your hair and make-up routine, dropping everything and going out with friends.

These things are still doable, but it’s much more difficult to squeeze them in to your schedule.

There will be difficult and stressful times when you’re consumed by ALL THINGS LIFE, and you forget about you.

RELATED: How to Find a Little Me Time When You’re Always Busy


You will be judged.

There are still people in the world who believe women should be home with their children 24/7. They think it’s selfish for a woman to have dreams other than those she has for their children.

Although their beliefs couldn’t be farther from reality, it doesn’t make it any easier on you to hear those judgmental words.

And the fact that you already question your decision to be a working mom will only make it that much harder. 


Leaving your child with someone else sucks.

I said it. Leaving your baby for someone else to take care of really sucks.

Especially when that sweet face is crying and holding onto your leg because they don’t want you to leave.

It will break your heart to pry those little fingers away and walk out that door.

And when he becomes okay with you leaving, that will hurt too.


Work/home life balance is a lot of give and take.

There will be seasons in life that you will need to focus on work.

And there will be other seasons when you will need to focus more energy on your family at home.

These time will not be easy. You will feel torn and pulled in every direction.

It will be up to you to know when to make that shift in focus.



How to Be a Happy Working Mom

  1. Evaluate what makes you and your family happy. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of your decision.
  2. Create a schedule to prioritize family events. Not being present for everything will not emotionally scar your children.
  3. Allow yourself the occasional day off from household responsibilities. The world won’t stop spinning just because you skipped washing the dishes today.
  4. Make time for yourself and know that taking care of your emotional and physical health prepares you to take care of your family.
  5. Make the most of time you have with your little ones. Let go of the overwhelm and smile. (Or fake it ’til you make it!)

One last thing…

Now you know the obstacles a working mom faces. The pressure is real for working mothers.

But there are more truths to being a working mom than just these pressures.

Before you leave, you need to know these Benefits of Being a Working Mom.

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