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10 Reasons Why I Love Being a Working Mom

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Every mom is different, but for me, knowing myself means knowing that I need to be a working mom. Even with three daughters at home. Here are the reasons why.

1. I went to graduate school with the intention of using my degree. Graduate school is where I really learned my profession and I’ll be damned if I don’t apply what I learned to make the world a better place (not only for my kids, but everyone).

2. I am passionate about my work. You know what I am not passionate about? Letting stains out of upholstery.

3. I still have a lot of student debt and I want to pay back my loans. They are my responsibility.

4. I do meaningful work in the field of public health. I think health and access to health care is a basic human right and helping families, especially kids, get the care they need is personally fulfilling. My kids will understand this someday.

5. I work with really interesting people from all walks of life. I love being exposed to new ideas, different ways to approach a problem, and learning from others. Also, everyone I encounter is really smart, and that stimulates my brain.

6. Taking care of young children all day long is not going to help me feel like I have been taken care of. I am a better mom for having the ability to have time to work on myself. I have more patience and feel calmer handling tantrums after being at work. If I was home all day, every day, my rope would be thin and fraying. I recognize that this is a privilege that comes with loving my job, but I’m glad to take advantage of the fact that work is my “me time.”

7. I know myself—this is key—and I would have totally been one of the pill-popping-it’s-5-o’clock-somewhere-cocktail-sipping moms if I stayed home. My mind would turn to sludge.

8. If I was independently wealthy, I would still choose to work because it’s a major part of my identity.

9. I was raised by a single mother who loved being a stay at home mother. She had to work after my dad left and experiencing this at a young age made me realize I would never feel comfortable relying solely on my partner’s income. For my own sanity, and a sense of equality in my marriage, I need to be able to earn my own money and feel independent.

10. My job is important to me, but the most important job I have is being a role model to my three daughters. I want them to see me as a woman who accomplishes a lot outside of being their mom, and I don’t want them to resent me for wanting more.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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