Monday, February 18, 2008

What we miss, what we get

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 11:53 AM
Women who work out of choice or necessity know that they miss out on things. It may be a first step or first word. It may be the excitement the first time a child really feels successful at something. It may be time spent just hanging out on a daily basis. Some of the things moms who work outside of the home have said that they feel like they are missing are: “the big things,” “bonding time with [my] baby … and getting to see him do all his new stuff,” “time during the day with my son,” “organizing my home to reduce stress and make evenings go smoother,” and “everything.” The differences from one mom to the other is obvious in these answers, but the main thing in common is that working moms did feel like they were missing out on something.
When asked about the rewards they received these women talked about things like getting time to run errands alone, financial rewards (for the present and future), adult time, rewards from accomplishing tasks, job satisfaction, having a positive effect on the world, friendships built at work, independence and fulfillment from working, and relationships beyond family. These are some of the things that women who stay at home feel like they’re missing out on. But the rewards that they list look very similar to the things that moms who work outside of the home fell that they are missing. At home moms say that their biggest rewards are: “I get to be here for the little things,” hugs (and) cuddles,” “freedom…flexibility…experiencing things with my child,” “being able to see every ‘first’ my child has,” and “seeing every milestone.”

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Monday, February 18, 2008

What we miss, what we get

Women who work out of choice or necessity know that they miss out on things. It may be a first step or first word. It may be the excitement the first time a child really feels successful at something. It may be time spent just hanging out on a daily basis. Some of the things moms who work outside of the home have said that they feel like they are missing are: “the big things,” “bonding time with [my] baby … and getting to see him do all his new stuff,” “time during the day with my son,” “organizing my home to reduce stress and make evenings go smoother,” and “everything.” The differences from one mom to the other is obvious in these answers, but the main thing in common is that working moms did feel like they were missing out on something.
When asked about the rewards they received these women talked about things like getting time to run errands alone, financial rewards (for the present and future), adult time, rewards from accomplishing tasks, job satisfaction, having a positive effect on the world, friendships built at work, independence and fulfillment from working, and relationships beyond family. These are some of the things that women who stay at home feel like they’re missing out on. But the rewards that they list look very similar to the things that moms who work outside of the home fell that they are missing. At home moms say that their biggest rewards are: “I get to be here for the little things,” hugs (and) cuddles,” “freedom…flexibility…experiencing things with my child,” “being able to see every ‘first’ my child has,” and “seeing every milestone.”

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