Working Mother Editor Suggests Moms Embrace Compromise

In an interview with The Washington Post, Suzanne Riss, editor of Working Mother Magazine suggested that mothers “commit to compromise” in order to maintain their sanity, and come to terms with the fact that they can’t do everything perfectly at the same time. “Most working moms tell me it’s realizing that there’s no 50/50 split when it comes to balancing work and home,” Riss said. “. . . Some days, moms have to give more at work if there’s a big project due and the kids might not see them as much. Other days, you’ll give more to your family. That’s one thing you make peace with, that you’re forced to make choices.”

 

When asked about the compromises she had to make when she returned to work after the birth of her 2½-year-old, Riss said it was good for her to reconnect with her identity as a professional. “If you lose your sense of self, moms start to feel increasingly isolated and depressed, and can lose their sense of self-worth,” Riss said. “You’re so consumed with your child, especially in the beginning, that you neglect your interests, (and) so many things go by the wayside. After the early years, then you can start to think about yourself again.” (August 2007)