Article by: MaryEllen | Monday, May 6, 2013

By MaryEllen Tribby

“Mom, I get my drivers permit in just four months.”

This is a statement I hear from my soon to be 15 year old daughter Mikaela no less than ten times a day.

Frankly, I just can’t believe it. My oldest child will be driving in just four months! It seems like it was only yesterday that we were driving her home from the hospital.

And, it seems like it was just yesterday that I got eschewed for being a working mom.

I remember going to my first “mommy and me” class when Mikaela was about three months old. It was a lovely brisk Saturday in December. I was so excited to show off my beautiful little girl dressed in her pink frilly top with matching heart leggings.

I was also excited to meet other first time moms, particularly those who worked.

                                                    Wrong Party

The first person I met was a new mom named “Patty.” She had a beautiful little boy. As it turned out her son “Stevie” was born in the same hospital as Mikaela, just the day before.

We were getting along superbly until she asked me if I wanted to have a play date. I was thrilled and accepted.

But, my excitement faded when Patty said, “Great, how about Wednesday?”

When I explained that I could only participate in weekend play dates because I worked, I thought Patty was going to faint. Soon her shocked look turned to pity.

So much so that I felt I needed to justify myself. I actually explained that it was my decision to work. That I actually enjoyed my career and all its rewards.

That only made it worse and Patty’s pity turned to pure disgust.

                                         Lemons into Lemonade

Fifteen years later and I have no regrets.

I know my decision to become a working mom was the right one. I know that because of my decision, all of my children can become whatever they chose in life. I also know that they have the right values and work ethic that will lead to success.

However, I will admit that during my years as a working mom, I certainly endured many challenging moments.

Mostly, this was because I was in a minority (living in Boca Raton, FL.) and because I had no road map or a community like the one you are part of now.

Which makes me so proud to announce that today more than 71% of moms work!

And because of that, my mission with Working Moms Only has ALWAYS been to supply all working moms with the tools for a healthier, wealthier and balanced/blended lifestyle.

So this week before Working Mother’s Day (yes an actual holiday that we petitioned for last year), I want you to take the next 90 seconds to fill out this survey.

Because we, as individuals and as a community are constantly evolving, I want to know what is going on with you right now.

By taking this survey, you allow us to be better equipped to help you meet your goals.

And just like any of your other “girlfriends,” I’ll give you the inside scoop next week.

Please take this survey now.

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