A Tribute to Working Mothers, Part 4: Lots of Things

Welcome to Part 4 of my Tribute to Working Mothers (just one more to go after this)! If you missed the first three segments, you can catch ’em here. And, meet the mothers over here!

This week, we’re talking about what seems like a random assortment of things: what’s the best part of a working mother’s day, what inspires the mothers, what challenges them, what example do they hope to set for their children. Quite the variety, but what surprised me were the commons threads that were woven throughout the answers to each question.

I hope you enjoy Part 4 of my 5-part series!

 

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Check out what Steph had to say…

{What is the best part of your day?}
Dropping off and picking up my daughter from school. Barring a few late work events or me being sick, I have dropped off and picked up my daughter to and from school every single day since she was in Kindergarten. She’s in 6th grade now. And both are my favorite parts of the day—because I get to encourage her day at the beginning, and hear everything about it when she’s done.

{What inspires you?}
Believing that I can make a difference has always inspired me. I get up every day and I believe that it’s an opportunity to help someone be great that day, starting with my daughter. I truly believe, with all my heart, that I have purpose in life. And that purpose is raising Kerrigan, helping others believe they can achieve great things, and asking the right questions to the right people in order to break existing barriers for others to move forward.

{What challenges you?}
Bringing my A game to every situation, every day is the ultimate challenge. Because you can’t stop life, which means you have fires popping up all over the place and you have to remain calm at all times. I don’t, of course, and I lose my shit a lot. And that’s the challenge—to find a better way to manage the stress. And on top of it all, make sure I’ve put food on the table, gotten Kerrigan from A to B, and still have on lipstick and clothes that match.

{By working and mothering, what example are you hoping to set for your daughter?}
Again, this feels two-fold. At the most basic level, I hope my daughter learns that nothing in this life comes easy or without a price tag. And that her choices, her work ethic, and her commitment to doing the things she needs to do to be successful, are going to determine her future. My successes and my failures as a working Mom will hopefully teach her those things. What I hope doesn’t happen, is that she looks at my life and thinks, “Well, my mom didn’t need anyone to make it through, so I don’t need anyone either.” It would kill me if she ever thought that. I need love just like anyone else, it just hasn’t happened that way for me. I hope she doesn’t read into that and I think I purposefully chose that path because I don’t value love or relationships. I would much prefer to be in love and share this journey with someone—and I hope she finds that for herself, too. Life is infinitely better with love and someone to share that with. And I hope someday I have the opportunity to show her that.

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And Lynette

{What is the best part of your day?}
Going home. My son, AJ, is currently working on a multimedia project about your home, the idea of coming home, and what that means to people. He and I just had this conversation the other week. For me, home is my family. And so naturally, coming home is all about seeing them and hearing about their day, what they’re thinking and feeling. Now yes, there was definitely a time when the best part was getting the kids to bed and having a moment to myself. But now I’m in a completely opposite phase of my life where the best part is when they AREN’T in their rooms. I no longer have (or even want) that moment to myself – it’s OUR moment.

{What inspires you?}
I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching about this lately. It took me a long time to come to this conclusion: what inspires me is creating and inspiring other people. I like being the driving force behind helping or inspiring others. I tell my kids all the time, “Positive attracts positive and negative attracts negative. And you decide what you want in your life.”

{What challenges you?}
Stress management, bleeding work into home life, home management (because my priority is my family, so often, the last thing I want to do is clean). I don’t let it bother me when I’m in a family moment but if I’m alone and looking around at the dirty dishes, for example, then it all really starts to get to me.

{By working and mothering, what example are you hoping to set for your daughter?}
You can’t depend on someone else to take care of you. It’s good when you have people like that in your life, but it’s also a two-way street. You need to be a contributing member of society.

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See what the rest of the moms had to say:

 

I’d love to hear what your experiences have been – either as a mother yourself, or through friends or family that you know. Drop a comment below and let’s chat!

CK

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