By MaryEllen Tribby
As working moms, it's easy to fall prey to feeling guilty for devoting time to our careers. But, after reading your responses to our recent survey, we are happy to hear that so many of you continue to feel proud about your role as a working mom.
It seems our Working Moms Only readers are an amazing group of women who take pride in their career and their family lives and continuously strive to be the best they can be. This is why we want to share your responses to our recent survey with you here today.
This is your input and input from other working moms just like you. And, the most powerful way we can support each other as a community is to share our own experiences and information with each other. Because, even though at times it may feel like we are all alone, the truth is, there are thousands of women out there going through the same things we are experiencing in our lives as well.
This is what community is all about. And, with Mother's Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to acknowledge ourselves and our accomplishments. It is also the perfect opportunity to take a break and appreciate ourselves for everything we do.
We hope you gain as much value from these responses as we have gained here at Working Moms Only.com.
Here are you some of our favorite responses you sent in!
"Finding a way to be useful to society."
"Having some time alone with husband - taking walk, playing chess, reading paper together - simple things"
"The feeling of accomplishment. Being part of something other than being a mom, wife, sister, daughter.... Working is something that belongs to me alone."
"Having a financial stability to provide for my family. Having a sense of purpose and empowerment over my abilities and knowledge."
"My favorite thing when my girls were home was that I got to develop my skills and learn and then share experiences with my girls. They are both good decision makers today and are thoughtful in how they deal with issues in their lives. I think having to learn to make decisions early and be self-reliant has helped them today."
"Being a role model for my kids."
"The feeling of accomplishment....that I feel I have something to offer to the world through what I do."
"Being a good role model for my daughter, having the opportunity to use my talents and knowledge; self confidence, which comes from the ability to juggle a lot of projects and balance the needs of a range of people/stakeholders."
"Being a great role model, feeling that I am contributing both at home and for a larger community/cause."
"That they get on the right track, career wise."
"That they will be raised with the same values I was and not let society change that."
"That they are not going to reach their potential and will not succeed in their chosen paths."
"For them to stand on their own, to live their dreams, finding their stars!"
"That they grow up as kind well rounded people."
"That I am unable to provide all that wants and needs for them... they will be on their own in a few years and I want to be in a position to help them."
"Financial security and personal fulfillment"
"Take my kids, their spouses and my new grandson on a cruise to the Mediterranean. Give them all a break and some fun. My girls bought their first houses across the street from each other and are best friends (so I did at least one thing right I think). They have husbands who love them and they are all hard working, thoughtful and smart. But they all need a break from stress."
"Spa And lunch with friends..."
"Fly to see our kids. Spend the day with them laughing and having fun...cooking a meal. Just being totally together."
"Spend it with my family!"
"Have every single one of my babies around me really really enjoying each others company thoroughly"
"Relax at the beach with my family"
"Picnic with my family and a good book with a great glass of wine!"
"Breakfast somewhere nice with the kids followed by a family movie"
Here were the most popular responses:
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