What now seems like eons ago, I was fortunate enough to hear Arianna Huffington, President and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, speak at a fundraising event I attended. She spoke so eloquently and with such poise and humor, and her words about her children and women finding a work/life balance really hit home for me.
There was a limited Q&A session, but I decided to email her and ask her what her advice to Working Moms would be. To my complete and utter shock (and the beginning of such wonderful things for our blog) she replied with her wonderful answer and graciously allowed us to post it here for all of you:
“I’m convinced that once you become a mother — whether you stay at home or work — when they take the baby out, they put the guilt in. From that moment, both baby and guilt start growing. And as our children grow up, the fear that we’re never good enough, that we’re never doing enough, only becomes more intense.
At the same time, motherhood brings out reserves of courage we never knew we had. And for me, that courage came in part when I accepted that I was never going to give up my work for full-time parenting, and when I stopped comparing myself with my own mother, the perfect full-time, nothing-else-matters mom.”
I think we can all relate to these wise words. Thank you Arianna!
Note: Yesterday’s Wisdom Wednesday post also tackled the dreaded Mommy Guilt- Check it out!