The entire concept of being a full time mom has changed in the last few years. Not many families enjoy this luxury these days. There are many single mothers who have to support and take care of children all by themselves.
Even in two-parent households, two incomes are needed to stay afloat financially. Some moms are not able to be at home with their kid’s full time. The biggest and the topmost challenge for working mothers is the guilt of not being able to spend time with their children 24/7. Consequently, they are not able to give their children the moments they want to enjoy with them.
For example, working mothers are not able to greet and hug their kids when they return from school. They are not able to serve them the food of their choice. They cannot help out with the homework and other activities and they are not present on every single PTA.
Great mothers do not fit in any particular mold. Thus, while moms at home bring some blessing to their kids, working moms have their own unique blessing to offer. As a matter of fact, working moms are a blessing to their kids in more than one way that they might even not realize.
Here are a few wonderful blessings that working mothers provide to their kids. If you are a working mom then do read on and remind yourself of what a great mother you are.
Kids Love to Solve Problems at Their Own
It is a natural instinct for any mother to shield their kids from every problem. They leave no stone unturned to solve all issues of their kids so that their kids never have to feel frustration or hurt. Children should learn to solve problems and figure out solutions on their own.
Far too many children grow up without solid problem-solving skills. Consequently, when they reach adulthood, they fall apart and are not able to face situations when confronted with the first obstacle. The ability to problem-solving is an important skill that can make a great difference between a kid being successful or not.
By virtue of being not available for part of the day, working mothers are not around to handle each and every situation that arises in day-to-day life. And when the mother is not around to step into every situation to fix it, kids have no choice but to figure out the solution. That is a great way to build self-confidence in a child. And, indeed it is the right step in preparation for adulthood.
Working Mothers Instill Responsible Behavior in Children
For working moms, evenings are short. As a matter of fact, they only have time to get dinner on the table, throw in a load or two of laundry and organize everything for the next day. All they have is a packed schedule even if you are working from home.
With the mother’s time being so tight, children often end-up taking responsibility. They engage themselves in the chores and homework on their own because the mother does not have time to nag them for everything. Such children rise to challenge and their approach and attitude towards life are completely different.
They are grown to be smart and know when the family has a packed schedule during the week; they have to do their part by getting homework and chores done. This instils a feeling of confidence in kids and they feel as if they are an indispensable part of the family unit.
Famous Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross once famously said that as parents we need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives.
Working Moms Represent Professionalism
Children are smart observers. They watch everything their mothers do. When a mother wakes up early, ensures everything in the home is in line with the everyday schedule and goes that extra mile for her job, children see that.
When a mother helps her children with school projects and activities after a long and tiring day at work, kids recognize her efforts and sacrifice. And when a mother gets a promotion in her job, kids feel proud of her. And, when kids grow up and have their own jobs, they want to follow in the footsteps of their mom.
PS – “Children are great imitators. So, give them something they can learn and grow in life.”
Children Benefit from Caregivers other Than Their Mom
We all know that working mothers are dependent on others to take care of their kids when they are working from home. Unfortunately, mothers feel guilty about it. They think that they are not able to take care of their children properly if they are not around 24/7.
But, believe it or not, children always need more time to spend and more than one person to take care of them. Children do really do well in their life when they have several influences and people who care for them.
As a matter of fact, kids benefit greatly from the solid relationships they form with grandparents, babysitters, uncles and aunts. And they require the mentoring and positive feedback provided by coaches and teachers. By sharing a good bond with a variety of caregivers, kids would have the confidence to go and interact with all kinds of people. There is a famous African proverb that it takes a village to raise a child.
To grow is a virtue. Being a working mother from home, you can contribute to their overall growth. While you can stay at home and spend time with your kids, you can also work and build a successful career.