This is the true working-mom story by Fox Business Network anchor Trish Regan that every young mother should hear.
When her son was born, she took three weeks off instead of the six weeks she took when she gave birth to her twin daughters just two and a half years earlier.
It was time that mattered and time she’ll never get back.
She rushed back to work even if she didn’t need to – while she was still recovering from C-section and while she was still nursing. In the first few months, she was overcome with guilt and conflict, constantly wishing she was home instead of at work, while still trying to convince herself that she was doing the right thing for her family and career.
What kept her going was her belief that being a woman, bearing children, and taking the time to care for them should never be confused for weakness. It’s our strength, and it’s part of what makes us who we are.
Here are some of her main take-aways from her rushed maternity leave and tips she learned on how to be a killer working mom minus the guilt:
1. It’s okay to be a little selfish
As women, we need to be a little selfish about where we work and who we work for. Find a company and employers who value your commitment to both work and family.
2. Bridge your work and home life
Trish travelled for work a lot which made her miss her children so much and made her feel horrible for leaving them behind. Now, she takes at least one of the three with her! They love the adventure and it’s actually a good learning experience for them.
Understandably, not all employers and office environments are okay with this arrangement. However, if you can, look for little ways to bridge your work and home life – even if it means something simple like calling your kids on Facetime when they get home from school.
3. Prioritize your life and let your team follow your footsteps
You need to remember all employees are people – who have their own families, challenges, and emotions. They must be treated and appreciated as people.
As women, we need to support one another and encourage each other. Part of this is understanding and respecting an employee who just gave birth, giving her the support she needs during this challenging time, both emotionally and physically.
Read her full article at Girlboss.com for more inspiring anecdotes from Trish Regan, a FOX Business Network anchor who’s killing it both as a successful career-woman and a loving mom.
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