This Mom’s Post Perfectly Points Out Why You Shouldn’t Judge Moms Who Take Time Off Work For Their Kids

April 25, 2018
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You feel so guilty working and being away from your children, even though you know you shouldn’t.

Yet at the same time. you also feel guilty about not being fully present at your job, or taking time off work because your kids need you.

This Mother’s post perfectly points out why we shouldn’t judge working moms who have to take a “day off” to be Mom.

“You know the new mum at work? (Insert eye roll.) The one that is leaving early because daycare has called…… again,” Adele Barbaro writes on her Facebook page. “The Mum that only talks about her kids in the lunchroom. That Mum who is forever taking days off. And the one, that has a shorter working week and gets an extra day off? Don’t judge.”

We’ve all been there — either as the Mother who feels like everyone at work is judging them, or the actual people who didn’t understand all the complexities of Working Mom Life before we were shoved into it.

Of course our kids should come first and any employer should understand that, right? But that doesn’t always mean co-workers always do.

Let me assure you that they are on edge at work, hoping that daycare won’t call and their heart drops when the phone rings,” she writes. “They don’t want to leave again. They know how it looks. And if they leave, it’s because they have nobody else to cover them.” 

But what else are working parents supposed to do?

As Moms, we’ve got to be there for our little ones when they’re sick and can’t be at daycare or school.

Anyone who thinks that Moms are cutting out of work to go home and leisurely loaf around is either not a parent or just being a trouble maker.

 “There’s no coffee with friends or shopping sprees, beach trips or salon visits. It’s being rundown with hairy legs, mum buns and boogie filled snuggles. It’s selfless and can be bloody relentless.”

I’m sure there are some who are ucky to work in parent-friendly, understanding workplaces who don’t punish their employees who are parents.

But I’m also sure there are places where it feels like everyone rolls their eyes when a Mom runs out at 5 p.m. to pick up the kids from childcare and get home to cook dinner, help with homework, baths, and housework!

I think we all just need to remind ourselves to be a little more understanding and empathetic…. To everyone that is.

Know that the new mum is finding her feet. The missed days at work are short lived. And behind the dark eyes is the same women that was first hired…. and she will be back. But she just needs a little understanding and a knowing smile.”

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