Working Mom as Supermom.
by Kerry Rivera
Given I just spent four months of my life on maternity leave, I was able to immerse myself in the world of being a stay-at-home mommy. I walked my kids to school, conversed with other moms at pick-up, made yummy (I think?!), home-cooked meals and focused on my kiddos 24/7.
It was also interesting observing other SAHMs. I found myself admiring their dedication to volunteering at school events and outside activities. And wow did they have some over-the-top exhibits of “love.” Homemade, crafty treats for school parties … even if it meant mom was up all hours of the night baking and prepping like Martha Stewart. Lavish birthday parties … not quite “Beverly Hills Housewives” level, but close. Trips to Disneyland, Legoland, Chuck E. Cheese’s … with every weekend planned and designed to entertain the kids.
Are these the supermoms of today? Some of the antics were a little insane, but you do have to give a lot of these moms credit. When they plan and create and volunteer … they give it their all and nothing less.
But now that I’m back at work, I’ve also observed there are so many working moms who deserve the title of supermom too. So while I may be slightly biased since I too am a lap-top toting, working mom, here are my reasons I think working moms are supermoms too …
1. They financially support their families. Most working women I know must contribute to the household income to make ends meet. They are paying the mortgages, funding the college accounts, financing the kids’ activities.
2. Lunchtime? What’s that? Most moms in my office either power through lunch or handle errands for the family in the middle of the day. They squeeze in a trip to Target for school supplies/the weekend party gift or eat lunch at their desks, hoping to complete their work so they can bolt at the end of the day.