New mothers have a lot of pressure in our culture to either stay at home full time or work outside the home full time, in addition to all of the other parenting decisions of which everyone has an opinion. It can be hard at times to feel like you’re doing the “right” thing. The good news is that there isn’t just one right way to do anything in parenthood!
Hopefully you can embrace what works for you and celebrate your strengths since these are the areas in which you will shine and influence your child to do the same.
How I’ve listened to my intuition…
During my son’s early years (before Kindergarten), I chose to leave my full-time job, work part-time as a therapist and part-time as a mom, which was an ideal balance for me. It allowed me to be the most present and enjoy every moment with my son while continuing to do the work I find rewarding.
When my son began elementary school, I increased my working hours to full-time so I too could “launch” myself into the world as I witnessed my son doing when he courageously walked through the school doors all by himself.
I encourage all parents to listen to your heart, head, and most of all the wisdom of your intuition and of course your partner if your child has another parent, in making decisions for your family that suit you. Everyone else’s opinion pales in comparison to what you know deep down is right for your family and you.