Monday, November 18, 2013

Keep Calm and Mommy On: New Series for Real Moms

Whether you stay at home, work in an office, work part time or full time, work from the home or on the road, there is one thing we all have in common: we are all full time moms. Motherhood requires a very special and unique skill set. Boogie wiper, nurse, amateur chef, teacher, master of folding laundry, play date planner, and chauffeur.  We do it all and usually on very little sleep and sometimes with what may feel like little or no support. (Side note: Not a dig at the hubs. He is amazing. But, there are certain things that only a mama can do or relate to!)



Motherhood is a beautiful thing and should be celebrated and supported. Our values may differ and our styles vary but we do what we do for our family and for our children. At the end of the day it doesn't matter if you work or if you stay at home, or if you are balancing something in between. What matters is that you are making the right choice for you and your family. I am excited to return to my original vision for my blog with a new series that embraces & celebrates motherhood. The self-titled series “Keep Calm and Mommy On” will be a collection of personal anecdotes, guest posts, resources and support for moms everywhere. More importantly it is a judgement free zone for moms to share their story, seek support, shed tears, have a few laughs and build community. Real stories. Real life. Real moms.




To kick off the series I want to begin by breaking down the barriers between working and stay at home mamas. Today I'm sharing where my decision to be a working mama stems from. Stay at home mama Andrea, from Hand and the Heart will be here next week sharing her story. Many mamas, are fortunate enough to be able to choose if they want to work or stay home. Others might have to do one or the other depending on their family or financial situation. I am lucky enough that I get to choose - and I made the decision to go back to work after each of my little loves was born.



As a high school assistant principal I spend every day juggling my responsibilities at school with the needs of my family at home. Weekdays are hectic and rushed but I balance that with quality time in the evenings and on weekends with my little ones. I absolutely love my family but I also love what I do. Thanks to an amazing and supportive hubby I get to do both. I choose to be a working mama. My inspiration? My own supermom of a mama! Growing up she made being a mom and a career woman look so easy. Having a mom who worked full time but still made every moment of my childhood magical is why I never even considered anything but continuing to work after having children.


Some days are definitely more of a struggle than others and I'll be sure to share all of my own pros and cons, and the guilt of being a working mom with you through this series! But I want to hear your stories too! What kind of a mama would you describe yourself as? Do you ever feel like you are being judged for either being a working mama or for being a stay at home mama? What are some of the stereotypes that you would love to put an end to?! Leave your comment below - remember, this is a judgement free and supportive zone!






9 comments:

  1. So lovely. :) I can't wait to contribute next week. I love these photo, too!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Andrea! Looking forward to featuring you next week!

      Delete
  2. Thank you for starting the conversation on this! Looking forward to reading the stories. I just returned to work after my second maternity leave and it feels like I am caught in a brutal tug-o-war. I feel guilty for being away from my little loves, feel guilty when I enjoy the time spent at work, and feel guilty when I'm at work and sometimes could care less what we're doing because all I am thinking about are my kids! So I would call myself "a work in progress mama" :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a great way to describe it, "work in progress mama!" It really is a game of tug-o-war. And some days I know that I feel stronger than others. Being a mom is hard work! I am so thankful to know that I'm not alone in this journey!

      Delete
  3. Love this! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I would be more than happy to participate in this series, I don't mind reposting my recent post about this topic or write up something related to it, either way.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Deanna! I would love to share your story over here at Keep Calm & Mommy On! Your recent post about maternity leave in the U.S. really caught my attention! Thank you for stopping by :)

      Delete
  4. I have just one small piece of advice for all of you young moms here, try and get rid of the guilt. It does not matter if you are WAHM or a SAHM, you are all doing the best you can with what you have and that is all anyone can ask. There are so many things you have to think about and take care of, so don't waste your time on guilt. Guilt can take over and it does not accomplishment anything. So, give yourself a break. Throughout your entire life you will have times where you feel like you are doing the wrong thing. But, guess what....your children will survive and grow in spite of it. You are doing a great job, so pat yourself on the back and enjoy your wonderful families. This all comes from my 55 years of experience at life as a military wife, mom of two and grandma of two. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great advice Kathy! You are absolutely right and it is especially important for all moms to be proud of what they do for their families every day! Thank you for reminding us about what matters most!

      Delete
  5. This is great! You are totally right- at the end of the day we are all moms. :) I cannot believe you look cute as a button and are a high school assistant principal! That sounds terrifying to me!

    Thanks for joining our mom lovin hop!

    XO/Lena @ Root&Blossom

    ReplyDelete