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Back to School Tip 5: Guilt Free

Back to school is here again! How did that happen? Summer just flew by. Transitioning from summer to fall can be daunting, especially when you are working mom trying to balance work expectations with the needs of your children and household. As working moms, it feels like there is no easy way to do this, keep a clear head, and stay on task. Each day for the next five days we will be offering tips to help WOWFED Moms survive the back to school season.

Tip 5: Guilt-Free

One of the hardest parts of being a working mother is missing school events. At the beginning of the school year, there are multiple big events like the Fall Festival or Parent Teacher Conferences. Of course, its best to try and shuffle your schedule to make every important beginning of school year event, but for working moms missing some or all of these events may be unavoidable.  Missing school events can cause moms to feel disconnected from their children’s lives and feelings of guilt can begin to take root. It’s also difficult to miss those opportunities to connect with other parents and meet your children’s classmates.

Many working moms report they begin to feel like outsiders because “You are the mom who is not around.”  Have you ever felt this way? I know I have. Be compassionate towards yourself and don’t beat yourself up or hold yourself to an impossible set of standards. Take comfort knowing that you are doing the best you can–and everything you can, to juggle all of the responsibilities of your child’s school and your job. You are still present in your children’s lives, even when you cannot be physically with them.

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