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Comments on The State of Discontent: To My Friends Who Work Outside the Home





Updated: 2018-04-19T10:03:35.831-07:00

 



Thank you very much for writing this. Needed to he...

2010-05-24T20:29:00.918-07:00

Thank you very much for writing this. Needed to hear it!



Crying my eyes out right now. THANK YOU for writin...

2010-05-23T11:51:39.683-07:00

Crying my eyes out right now. THANK YOU for writing this! I'll be reading it over and over again during the next couple of weeks as I take my baby girl to daycare for the first time and learn how to be a working mom after 10 blissful weeks of maternity leave with her.

Thank you for making it just a little bit easier for me!



Thank you for posting this. It is so eloquent and ...

2010-03-31T18:20:24.203-07:00

Thank you for posting this. It is so eloquent and so true. What a wonderfully supportive statement for all the working moms out there.

First time visiting your site, and I can't wait to read more.



love.this.post. found it via a facebook link. Th...

2010-03-31T11:39:45.622-07:00

love.this.post. found it via a facebook link. Thanks.



I love this. So much. Thank you for writing it.

2010-03-26T19:23:39.285-07:00

I love this. So much. Thank you for writing it.



Wow. I needed to read this today. Thank you so m...

2010-03-23T22:54:13.457-07:00

Wow. I needed to read this today. Thank you so much for posting it.



THANKS. We need comments and thoughts like this on...

2010-03-22T04:01:14.727-07:00

THANKS. We need comments and thoughts like this one. I am glad you posted something so important. That girl typing in the box pretending that it is a computer will follow her dreams, won't be afraid of being a working woman and a mother. At least she will know that she CAN CHOOSE. That is the most important thing.
Thanks again.



As a working mom trying to be everything to her fa...

2010-03-18T06:44:29.516-07:00

As a working mom trying to be everything to her family and to herself, I often feel guilty about not spending enough time with my kids. Your post has made me realize that my kids, in their own simple way, understand and do not hold it against me for leaving every morning to go to work. Thank you!



Thank you. I am crying. At work. It is so great...

2010-03-17T15:16:33.442-07:00

Thank you. I am crying. At work. It is so great to see all the posts here, too and know how many women needed this.



I saw this when Mom 101 linked to it a few days ag...

2010-03-17T11:04:07.133-07:00

I saw this when Mom 101 linked to it a few days ago and it has stuck with me ever since. I'm getting teary eyed about it all over again.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you.



Thank you for writing this. I struggle every time ...

2010-03-17T10:15:24.059-07:00

Thank you for writing this. I struggle every time I drop my daughter off at day care - it's only two days a week, but seeing her cry and say "Mommy don't go!" is heartbreaking every single time. I really hope when she grows up she understands why I do this - everything I do I do for her.



Beautiful, wonderful post. Thanks for not making ...

2010-03-16T07:26:00.488-07:00

Beautiful, wonderful post. Thanks for not making it sound like we working mothers aren't "fortunate" or "blessed" enough to get to stay home. I know it's not meant the way it comes across, but when I see people phrasing it that way in a discussion like this, it grates a little. I make the decision to work, and I am thankful that I have great caretakers for my kids, which allows me to pursue the career I want, while also having the family I want.

You've touched many of our hearts with this post. Thanks, again.



Thank you so much for writing this!

2010-03-15T09:01:48.076-07:00

Thank you so much for writing this!



Very good post - and one that obviously touches cl...

2010-03-14T20:39:31.879-07:00

Very good post - and one that obviously touches close to every mother's heart.

I suffer from the guilt too, but I am on the opposite side I guess. I work from home, but I feel so guilty that I am not doing more with the kids at times.

It is hard to say no when they want to play a game, or go to the park - especially since that is the reason I chose to stay home after they were born.

But, if I said yes every time, I wouldn't get any work done - it is just so hard to set limits though!

Somedays I do just say yes - and I am glad I have that option. But, on the days when I know I have to get something done - I feel tremendous guilt having to work while they play around me. And, sometimes I think maybe they would have more fun if they were somewhere else for the day.

It is hard to explain - but I do feel the guilt - alot!



thank you thank you thank you for writing this. m...

2010-03-14T19:47:48.199-07:00

thank you thank you thank you for writing this. most days I'm pretty mostly probably sure about the balance (hah) in my life, but on the days I feel like I'm making one big huge terrible mistake by not staying home (and homeschooling for good measure) - I'm going to come back an read this.



You're awesome.

2010-03-14T15:27:00.328-07:00

You're awesome.



Thank you so much! Especially for explicitly inclu...

2010-03-13T19:34:29.950-08:00

Thank you so much! Especially for explicitly including we 2-mom families.



I am bookmarking this post. And printing it to put...

2010-03-13T06:02:10.200-08:00

I am bookmarking this post. And printing it to put in my bag. Maybe memorizing it to recite to my non-bloggy friends.

Wow.



Thanks Jaelithe. I'm only 5 weeks back to work...

2010-03-12T21:43:42.929-08:00

Thanks Jaelithe. I'm only 5 weeks back to work after being home for the last 3 years, and today was the first day I had to leave my 3.5 year old sobbing with his teacher while I raced off to a meeting. Somehow it was harder than leaving the 15 mo old crying.

Feeling grateful for coming across your post today. (via Mom-101)



This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank...

2010-03-12T15:32:55.739-08:00

This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you!



Okay. I know crying at the office is a profession...

2010-03-12T12:00:59.823-08:00

Okay. I know crying at the office is a professional no-no but I am tearing up reading this.

Cause this is what I hope for my daughter - that she understands exactly that one day.

For now....I am leaving work early today just so I can get that extra hug this afternoon.



Came over from Mom101, and THANK YOU. I am going t...

2010-03-12T10:47:01.017-08:00

Came over from Mom101, and THANK YOU. I am going to bookmark this post so I can read it on the days it is especially hard to leave my children.

I want them to be proud of me. I want them to know that while they are the best of me (and their daddy), that working is another very important side of who I am. And someday, I hope they can tell their children that too.



I'm here from Mom101. thank you for this, I...

2010-03-12T08:46:30.002-08:00

I'm here from Mom101. thank you for this, I'm crying at my desk right now but thank you!



Well said, Jaelithe. I always think that I am ope...

2010-03-12T07:14:05.143-08:00

Well said, Jaelithe.

I always think that I am opening more opportunities to my daughter (and son) because they see that I have a career.

I sort of have the best of both worlds, I work 3/4 time. I drop my daughter at kindergarten and pick her up in the afternoon. And I have a couple of hours with them before their dad gets home.

He's the one getting the short end of the stick. Sometimes he comes home and asks why every single toy the kids own is strewn across the living room. I say "We were having fun!" Or I'll show him a cute picture or funny video and he'll ask when that happened. I say "half an hour ago." Or we've been taking a walk, playing at the park, or having an adventure in the back yard.

My ideal work situation would be working half time so that I could have an hour or two to write each day or some one-on-one time with our son while his sister is at school.

I am also fortunate that his grandmother is his babysitter.



Thank you, thank you, thank you. Another sobbing m...

2010-03-12T06:38:41.019-08:00

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Another sobbing mom here. I am going to print this out and stick it on my desk at work!