We live in a time where more and more women are crushing it in terms of their careers. They are able to do that while also juggling with the demands of motherhood. 

In fact, regardless of how overwhelming it can be to manage parenthood and a full-time career, it isn’t impossible. According to the U.S. Census Bureau,  the ratio has increased to the extent that women now make up half of the workforce in the U.S., and working mothers now make up one-third of all employed women.  

However, certain challenges come with being a working mother. Due to the incredible stress and fatigue that comes with motherhood, women can experience a range of mixed emotions—one of the most prominent emotions they experience being guilt.

One of the major reasons for their guilt is that they cannot spend enough time with their family. Societal pressure further exacerbates their guilt, leading to women regretting their career choices or following their ambitions.

The bigger picture – Impact on children’s upbringing

Women still feel guilty of pursuing their careerist passions and ambitions. But studies and research state that it is high time to let go of these feelings of guilt. A Harvard-led study stated that working women raised daughters who grew to be self-sufficient and made more money. Moreover, these children were more successful than daughters raised by stay-at-home mothers.

Working women also tend to have a profound impact on their sons, who contributed more to household chores. 

The study further states that the social acceptance of working women or mothers is only increasing with each passing day. In addition, a higher number of millennials are more than willing to embrace and advocate for the trend. 

According to Forbes, 53 percent of college students in the 1970s believed that working mothers could maintain both their personal and professional lives.

However, in 2010, 70 percent of total college students had a positive take on working mothers. They believe working mothers are very much capable of maintaining family bonds and developing warm equations with their kids. 

Striking the perfect balance

The only key to success here is coming to terms with the fact that the schedule will be hectic and equally challenging. All working mothers must make peace with the fact and invest time in mastering the art of work-life balance. 

It is all about embracing the fact that such a combination of life will come with its fair share of ups and downs. It is your job to focus on the brighter side and not on the ugly side in order to shine at the workplace and be at their best at home. No one said it was going to be easy, but it’s not impossible either.

In addition, women now have job opportunities that fit their requirements. All it takes is the right eye to look for job listings offering insurance, flexible working schedules, and, of course, paid leaves. 

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