A working mother once told me this story:
When I was first married, my husband worked and I didn't. I asked him for $10 and he asked why. I said to myself, 'This is the last time anyone will ever ask me that question.'
I think of that story often when I think about being a working mother. As nice as it sounds to not work, contributing income to my family and having my own money is important to me. But now I am about to become a WAHM - or Work-At-Home-Mom, as the lingo goes. I'm nervous about it.
This week is my last week of full-time employment at CBS Interactive. I've been looking forward to having this job in my rear-view mirror for a long time but now that the end is nigh, I am starting to feel a little anxious.
How do other WAHMs do it? How do you prioritize your day so that you are able to feel successful and accomplished in both your personal and professional life?
I have received an overwhelming amount of encouragement from colleagues, friends, and viewers. I'm so grateful for that. But of course the little demon on the left shoulder keeps haunting me.
What if you become a cautionary tale? What if you don't get work and no one ever hears from you again? What if you become a bunny-slipper-wearing-hair-in-curlers-soap-opera-watching housewife asking Clayton for $10 so you can buy a latté and an éclair!?
And then I breathe.
I know better than this. I am choosing the brave option by leaving my "cush job." I am leaving in pursuit of greener pastures. I believe that I can do meaningful work while still trying to be the best mom I can be. I am excited to set a good example in the choices I am making! I just have to keep telling myself that.
I have a new agent and I am excited about the work that he is bringing my way. But in symbolically "sticking it to the man," I now work for two men: my husband Clayton and Baby Mo. So how do you do that and make this WAHM thing work? Tips! Please! Save me from the bunny slippers and curlers!