I’ve always worked full time. Sometimes outside of the home and more recently from home.
Some seasons have been easier than others. Some have been very, very hard.
One of my most read posts on this blog is the one I wrote called, Grace For the Working Mother and Her Guilt.
I know a lot of you work too. Outside the home. Online. From home. Via direct sales businesses on the side. Or you are a stay at home mom and volunteer a ton. And let’s just get real and say that staying home full time with tiny humans is a job that is full time and requires saving lives on a daily basis.
I did a Q Talk last year called the New Identity of Working Motherhood unpacking the changing landscape of working moms in America — according to the Pew Research Center in 40% of households across the US today with kids under the age of 18, the sole or primary source of income is the mom. 63% are single working moms. I believe as the church we’re called to love our neighbor as ourselves and finding new ways to love on working moms is one of my passions.
I’ve gone through seasons of my kids in daycare, preschool, in home care and now all three of them are at public school.
There’s no perfect solution for any mom. But as we all know there are a thousand ways to doubt yourself.
One of my best friends, Jessica Turner, is a fellow working mom. We’ve spent hours on the phone talking through our hard days, our struggles with mom guilt, our excitement about our work and our joy about our kids. Jess is who I call anytime I’m processing the juggle of how best to love my kids as well as the work Christ has called me to – because He’s trusted me with both.
For months Jessica has been working on a new course called Stretched Too Thin: 10 Days to Overcoming the Hustle and Thriving as a Working Mom and today I get to introduce a small piece of it.
In her research for the course, she surveyed more than 2,000 working moms. These women addressed some of their biggest challenges and many of them had to do with relationships.
So Jessica has created a FREE four-part video series filmed with a few of her friends who are working moms, as well as her husband Matthew.
They discuss all the things as it relates to working motherhood and relationships, including navigating conversations with your children about working, how to encourage your spouse, the importance of making time for friends and broaching hard conversations with your boss.
What I love about these conversations is that they include view points of single working moms as well as the husband of a working mom. They also dive into some of the tensions working moms feel in their various roles and relationships.
I think it is something many of us can relate to.
And feel free to pass on to friends. I know I’m going to.