Following her vlog of top tips for juggling parenthood with work, college or university, Linda’s now sharing her advice for dealing with the guilt that naturally comes with being a working parent…
If you’re a parent who’s thinking about going into work or thinking about going back to work, you’re naturally going to feel grumpy and a bit frustrated about getting into the routine of being a working mum, but that will slowly die out.
Another thing is, feeling this overwhelming amount of guilt; I know I did when I started university. And even sometimes now, not being able to attend certain school plays or a sports day;
sometimes I do feel guilty, but what I do to eliminate those thoughts is just think about why I’m doing it.
My motivation for going to university and for going to work was to build on my career path and to help towards a better life for me and my son, and I had to come to terms with the fact that I would have to make sacrifices. But I also wanted to teach my son core values and core principles such as working hard for what you want and striving towards your goals and your dreams, and so that’s what I think about to get rid of that guilt.
It’s natural you’re going to feel that way. But I feel like a lot of us parents beat ourselves up more than we should do, and as long as you’re a loving, caring parent who gives your child enough attention, then there’s nothing to feel guilty about.