Work-Life Balance Is A Myth For Mothers With Careers - Wholesome Life Journal

Work-Life Balance Is A Myth For Mothers With Careers

There was a time when I used to stay with my parents, go to university, meet friends, study, eat what my mum cooked and go to sleep. That was the time I had a handwritten note stuck to my room door, saying: “Would you like your tedium, rare, well-done or medium?” That was then. Today, as a working mother of a teenager, I would not know tedium if it came and bit me on my face. It seems like someone else’s reality altogether, a luxury I can’t afford. Even so, I actually had it much worse when my child was younger.

Times have changed. From the time the husband earned, and the wife stayed at home to now, when the husband earns and the wife earns too. But generally the wife still cooks and washes and runs the house and the husband comes and flops on the sofa and grabs the remote before you can even get a greeting in. So, how does she balance her work with life at home?

“[A] mother’s life is like a treadmill with stops at monotony, the kids’ bedroom and the kitchen. ”

The transition from computers to nappies and back to computers is not an easy one. I have a fridge magnet which says: “There is no such thing as a non-working mother”. But try being a mother who has a full-time job outside the home as well. And while your male colleagues will always tell you that it is all about time/stress management, I can guarantee you at least 80% of them go home to get ready-made tea, meals and welcome hugs from nicely bathed, cute children.

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