At the best of times, motherhood is an energy-sapping, full time job which engages the physical, mental and psychological faculties of women on a daily basis. The mother who also has to earn a living, as an economic necessity to support her children and family, is actually going the extra mile, whether this exercise is done at home (or far from home) or at a place of engagement outside the homestead.
More often than not, the economic imperative which throws up the wage-earning mom or career woman, can also be a recipe for a continuum of negative outcomes. These range from stress in the relationship between the working mother and her spouse, to outright destabilization of the family equilibrium, as well as some health problems.
Among all the usual suspects, the factor most responsible for these crises is the opportunity cost of giving insufficient attention to the home front because of the demands of a job or career. For whether the working mom’s undertaking is in the corporate world or the informal sector, as long as it makes strenuous demands on the mom’s energy, time, health and focus, it takes a toll on her responsibilities to her immediate family.
In this era of high-flying career-moms and ‘Kept Men’, the challenge to strike the right balance between the demands of the job and breadline and her marital and maternal obligations are often as challenging and precarious as tightrope-walking.
‘Working Moms’ spoke to a number of working moms and career women on this juggling act. Their stories, make compelling, but refreshing reading…..