Working mom missing her baby – what to do?

Saw a question from a new mom about how can you stand to only see your 7-week-old baby when you get home exhausted from work and he’s fussy and crying ‘til he goes to sleep.

How do you cope, indeed. I was a single mom for 11 years, and now I’m a single grandma of a single-daughter’s little girl. It’s heartbreaking to leave your baby–there’s no way around it. It never gets easy, either, though perhaps only slightly less wrenching when they’re older. The only thing you can do is try to put things in perspective. Making sure the baby is well-cared for when you’re at work is most important, and then follow the good advice of other moms for finding ways to make your time with your little one count as much as possible. Remember, you are the mom! Nobody and nothing can take that away from you.

But one of the most empowering things you can do is to think creatively about what other ways you can earn a living besides the 9 to 5 grind. Even if it means cutting back on your lifestyle, what’s it worth to have more time with your little one? Read all you can about freelancing and about alternate ways of generating revenue. Think about your talents and how you could turn them into a business to meet some unfilled need out there in the world.

It’s not that you’d be putting in a whole lot less time with your own business–but you could do it more on your own terms. Work in the evenings after the baby goes to sleep. Work during the day by paying a babysitter for a few hours a day instead of all day. If you have another income in the household, it should be easier. But even single moms can get creative this way. One single mom I know recently decided to become a real estate agent so she can have more control over her schedule.

Think with your whole soul! You’re sure to find a way out of this agonizing dilemma.


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