Jan 08

Working Moms’ Dilemma

I have been working since I was 19 years old.  When I had my first kid, I remember staying at home for about a year till finances dictated that I leave my baby at home and start working again.  Now, with 3 boys, I know I can still use an extra job just to make life comfortable for us.  But at the back of my mind, there is always that little voice that kept asking whether I’m doing right by my kids.  I spend more time at the office than I do at home.  I try to make up with the much-abused “quality time” but it doesn’t seem enough.  I still have this gut-wrenching feeling I’m missing out on something.  What I wouldn’t do to work for a company that will allow me to bring my kids to the office whenever possible.  Here in the Philippines, that’s only a dream.  I think there isn’t even a handful of companies that provide day care for their employees.

You can just imagine my envy when I read that the newly established Parenting in the Workplace Institute in the US now has a database of more than 70 companies that allow babies at work.  Surveys show that babies in the workplace are not really distracting and even boost employee morale.  Don’t we all just feel a little happier and younger when there is a baby around?  I know that when a baby smiles or giggles at me, I just melt.  The word stress does not exist when you see a baby sleeping soundly or when it snuggles closer to your chest holding you tight.

I feel glad though, that even if it’s not in my part of the globe, somewhere out there, there are companies who value family time just as much as work time.  There is still hope that it may soon become a worldwide practice.  Maybe it’s time people realize that it is possible to spend time with your family just as much as we spend time at work.  It would be nice to think that when I reach the end of my road, I can look back and see that I spent as much breath on my family as I spent working.

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