Mommy Brings Home the Bacon
While I think the decision to work after kids is different for everyone, my decision to go back to work was a necessary one and to be honest I never even considered the stay-at-home option. We put our first child in daycare at six weeks old because that’s all the maternity leave I was allowed. With my son a few years later, I had built up enough tenure to stay at home for three months after his birth. So my kids don’t really know what it’s like to have a mom that stays at home because I’ve always worked.
We never really discussed the difference between a stay-at-home moms and working moms. Occasionally my daughter would ask why I have to go to work and we would just explain that it’s what I had to do, just like she has to go to school.
It wasn’t until last year that I realized what kind of impact having to work had on my daughter. She didn’t understand why I couldn’t volunteer as much as the other parents and didn’t understand why I couldn’t pick her up immediately after school, like the other parents. However, when I was laid off from my job everything changed. I picked my daughter up when the bell rang, I volunteered a couple of times and according to her teacher, my daughter “appeared happier.”
Last year, at a networking mixer, I had the opportunity to meet Nikki Mark the author of, “Mommy Brings Home the Bacon,” a great children’s book that helps children gain a better understanding of their working moms. My daughter used the book for a book report in school and the teacher asked if she could borrow the book to read to the classroom.
This year things have been challenging because now I’m working from home and my kids don’t really understand what that means, it’s been hard for them to understand why I don’t have time to play or why I can’t find their favorite toy when they get home from school. My daughter even asked if she could go to daycare and play with her friends!
About the Book
Bringing simplicity and lightheartedness to an emotional topic, "Mommy Brings Home the Bacon" fosters a child’s appreciation for a working mother, while also speaking to moms who balance the responsibilities of the workplace with raising the children they love.
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