Hi all! Thought I would share my latest Working Mother Media blog post with you.

As I’ve blogged about in the past, having a child changed my view about a lot of things. I use to be quick to judge parents in the store whose kids were screaming and I thought breastfeeding was really the only “correct” choice. Then, I had my baby girl and have had more than one experience of handling a screaming/crying child while grocery shopping and ended up not being able to breastfeed. While it’s difficult to do so, I have to say that pre-children I was more judgmental than I would like to admit. Being a new parent has really opened my heart and allowed me to show more compassion and empathy for others.

I recently had another experience that made me think about this topic. I use to think, and again I hate to admit this, that people who use drive-thru’s are lazy. I was quick to judge Starbucks when a few of their locations starting boasting drive-thru’s. I couldn’t understand why my local pharmacy had a drive-thru either. Until, I needed to use both. Are you seeing a theme here?

As a mom with a child under the age of 1 who loves to nap in the car, I have come to have a deep appreciation for places that have drive-thru’s. Just the other day I needed to pick up a prescription for antibiotics that I had to begin taking that evening. I picked up the baby from daycare and she fell asleep in the car by the time I got to CVS (my local pharmacy). It was incredibly cold outside and I just couldn’t bring myself to wake her up, carry her from the car to the store in below freezing temperatures, just to spend 5 minutes getting my medicine. Then I remembered that CVS has a drive thru pharmacy — score! I happily waited my turn in line, sitting in my warm car with my little girl sleeping peacefully in the back seat. (I’ve also had to use the Starbucks drive thru for similar reasons)

My point here is two-fold. The first is that being a mom has really changed me for the better. I’m less judgmental and more compassionate towards others. The second is that more businesses should have drive thru options if they want to cater to busy working moms (or parents in general). I’m hooked, for sure.

How has being a mom changed you? Do you share my love of drive-thru’s too?