My working mom guilt is at an all time high right now for me. Guilt for being a working parent during a highly stressful and confusing time for many. More guilt that by working there’s a chance of coming into contact with COVID-19 and bringing it home to my loved ones. Or the guilt that I’m upset at my son’s school for creating a hardship on me and other working parents while knowing full well that they are doing what is best for the community as a whole. Lastly, I’m feeling all the mom guilt today that I must head into work while my children are at home.
Many employers are allowing their employees to take time off or work from home. However, that option is just not for me. When you work in healthcare you’re expected to show up every shift and then some.
Why I’m Feeling Working Mom Guilt Today
I knew when I went into the nursing field that I was signing up to work long shifts under some not so ideal circumstances. I also knew this even more so when I took a job as an emergency department nurse. Still it doesn’t do anything to lessen my working mom guilt. Especially now when there is anxiety and fear surrounding how long things will last.
I know that we are all experiencing a hardship at this time. Whether it is a small business losing customers, cancelled events, or parents being forced to home school their children when they don’t even understand the material themselves. Not to mention the overall working mom guilt felt by many to not be able to be there for their children during this confusing and scary time.
So yes, my working mom guilt is at an all time high right now. And for all the other moms out there who are working, staying home, or saying a silent plea for this quarantine to end sooner rather than later; I am with you and we will get through this.