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How Do You #CreateBalance Between Parenthood And Career?


BY The Conversation Team

This Conversation Starter was submitted by Victoria Oldridge, Founder/CEO of MoxTree. Learn how you can submit your own Conversation Starter here.

One of the topics I’d like to contribute is associated with parenting; motherhood and all that today’s moms face in the challenges and juggling act. Today’s moms aren’t the 1940’s moms, where roles were more clearly defined and expected. Now, we’re entrepreneurs (such as myself), we have many interests, and we’re trying to do all of this under a level of self-inflicted and societal pressure that’s unprecedented.

I’m not only an entrepreneur myself, with two children under four years of age, I’m also one of the many many moms who is always feeling some degree of guilt and/or pressure over some angle of trying to achieve some level of the elusive ‘balance’ in this modern parenting era.

 

How do you #CreateBalance between parenthood and career?

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  • Amanda, I’m really glad you went with this topic! At the end of the day, I’m starting to realize that the ‘balancing act’ is two fold: one is the general day-to-day logistics of things; the infrastructure of support by which we fit it all in. The other part is the need and inner craving we have have as women and individuals to pursue passions and/or careers and the various emotions that accompany it. It seems that the ‘balancing and juggling’ is just as much (if not more) an inner quest as it is otherwise. It’s a journey of realizing how important it is for us to remain true to who we are as women, mothers, partners, and ensuring we have the infrastructure to support it. As far as the guilt factor is concerned, I would absolutely agree with one of your other guest posts that it’s more centric to the US opposed to other countries (I even recently ended up writing a piece for Huffington Post about motherhood guilt). At the same time, the vast majority of moms face it to some level. I have no problem saying ‘I need a couple of hours out with friends’ or ‘I need a half hour for a jog’ or what have you. However, I do think that as women, we’re already very wired to be selfless and it compounds 10-fold once we have children; something even stronger kicks-in to gear in this department. The ‘sweet spot’ is gaining the wisdom to know that it’s more of a waste of energy than it is an aid in our lives. But, then again, emotions aren’t supposed to always be logical. It’s just part of the journey–fine-tuning these things with wisdom along the way.

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