I'm a better mom BECAUSE I work
It's taken me close to a decade to realize that I am a better mom BECAUSE I work. You see, for years, I felt guilty. I couldn't be the type of mom that most consider to be a "good mom." I didn't pick up my boys at school. I wasn't always available for their school activities. I couldn't always volunteer in their classroom. I missed a few of their sporting games. And all of this made me feel like a "bad mom."
What I've realized is that I am actually a better mom because I work. I might miss out on some of those things, but I am happy. I love what I do. I feel like I am fulfilling my life's purpose. And as a result, I have a happy home. I am demonstrating to my boys the value of hard work and most importantly, understanding your purpose and answering the call to be of service.
This isn't about working moms vs. non-working moms (a ridiculous battle I have never really understood). It's about doing what makes YOU happy. Doing what's right for your family.
If you are reading this and are feeling this kind of guilt, I am hoping to inspire you. I hope you will quickly realize that you rock. Whatever your situation, focus on the positive. Realize that if you are doing the best you can, that's good enough!