We can all agree that work life balance is nonsense, right? The best any of us can do is try to manage our lives so sometimes we’re killing it at work, and sometimes we’re Mommy of the Year. It’s usually impossible to do both at once. And that’s totally OK.
Today, let’s focus on the Mommy of the Year piece. Recently we asked our parent friends to share stories about the furthest they’d ever gone to rearrange or otherwise solve for work obligations in order to prioritize their kids. We got an avalanche of responses in short order.
This is not surprising.
As we all know, working moms get more done than literally everyone else; we will cheerfully and efficiently move mountains for our kiddos when we are required to do so. Read on, and be impressed and inspired. (And just forget about work life balance, because the entire concept is a big fat lie.)
Moms Who Traveled Insane Distances
“I traveled for 48 hours – 36 of which were on an airplane – to attend a dance competition. My husband was at a soccer tournament for the other kid and our usual helpers weren’t available, so it was me or no one for the dance competition. As soon as it ended I hopped back on a 17-hour flight to get back to work.”
“I routinely used my lunch break to drive from Beverly Hills to the valley to attend events at my kids’ school – things like class parties and holiday performances. Anyone from Los Angeles can attest to the fact that one hour barely covers that drive time, so usually I’d be doing the drive just to be present at school for about ten minutes. Then I’d have to get back in the car.”
No One Handles Logistics Like Moms
“I was devastated to miss my daughter’s first-ever field trip because I had to travel for work. I told her teacher how upset I was and she promised to give me more notice for future events. Today at drop off, she mentioned that the Thanksgiving play is scheduled for November 16. I instantly realized I had a critical, out-of-town meeting scheduled the same day. I called my boss and flat-out told him I couldn’t miss my daughter’s event. And he agreed to reschedule the entire meeting so I can watch my daughter perform.”
“I’m a choir teacher. I once rescheduled concert dates for two hundred and fifty students so I could attend an event for my own kids.”
“I signed up to be room parent and field trip parent every single year of elementary school so that I could have a hand in scheduling dates and times for parties and field trips – and work them around my crazy work schedule. It was a tremendous amount of work – I felt like one teacher’s personal assistant for three years straight – but it was worth it to attend almost every school event with my kids.”
“I’m a high school teacher, and I once missed teaching first period so I could walk my son to his first day of kindergarten rather than dropping him off in early care. I left my own students a note saying hi and that I was looking forward to meeting them later! I never in a million years thought I’d do something like that but I don’t regret it for a minute.”
Moms Who Overhauled Their Entire Lifestyles
“I left a good paying job at a law firm where I was otherwise happy, in a down economy, and with ZERO clients, to start my own firm so I would have the flexibility to be able to SEE my kid. No regrets.”
“I made a complete career change! My old job in finance had zero flexibility and I needed to be at my desk in order to succeed. Now I work primarily from home and largely set my own hours.”
“I moved my family from Los Angeles to Idaho in order to have an easier lifestyle that lets us spend time with our children. Lower cost of living, no commute, closer to family, etc.”
What’s the furthest YOU have ever gone for your babies? We’d love to hear from you. Hit us in the comments or send us an email!
Isn’t great that we don’t have to strive for work life balance? We can throw that concept out the window and just keep being awesome. We send you respect and solidarity for getting it all done.