This ones for the working moms.
...if that's not you, enjoy this video of Catherine (my daughter) sharing her story of her greatest accomplishment during her summer internship (Proud momma alert 🙋♀️)
Do you ever wonder if being a working mother is negatively affecting your kids?
Do you feel guilty because you can't make homemade bread for their hand-packed lunches...
...or be the president of the PTO?
...or feel ashamed that your husband has to do the morning drop off
...or start dinner on your late nights at work without you?
We ALL feel like this!!! And it's time to change the narrative. AMEN!
I was not only a working mom, but a highly driven, obsessed business owner focused on growth, growth, growth.
And there were several years when Cat needed me most, that I was simply 1) not aware and 2) too busy to notice.
This summer has been one of blooming for Catherine, my 19-year-old sophomore who landed her first internship at Stonecreek Church this summer (on her very own).
I wanted to share this sweet video she made with you about the high point of her internship and the courage she showed in pursuing something she really believed in.
If you love your job and your kids, I want to offer some good news for working moms.
You are NOT scarring your kids for life - Harvard said so.
Instead, the Harvard Business School Working Mother's Study by Kathleen McGinn, Mayra Ruiz Castro and Elizabeth Long Lingo found that daughters of working mothers completed more years of education, were more likely to be employed and in supervisory roles and earned higher incomes. The careers of sons were unaffected.
So be proud of what you are teaching your kids.
YOU ARE CREATING A LONG-LASTING, LIFE-CHANGING IMPACT
Earlier this year, I asked Cat to share some things she’s learned from her own working mom, and here’s what she shared with me (cue the tears):
Hard work takes you places – if you’re willing to put in the time, the results will come.
Treat everyone with respect – no matter who they are or where they come from, they are worth investing in if they want the help.
Take time for yourself – if you're not investing in yourself and self-care, it’s virtually impossible to help others along the way.
Family is everything – investing and putting time aside is what will ultimately allow you to keep going.
Perseverance – your ability to push through adversity is what makes you grow.
Time Management – when a lot is on your plate, learning how to block off time for the things that matter.
Vacation is SACRED – this is your time to recharge. You earned it!
You have more influence than you’re aware of – people are watching you all the time when you are in a leadership position.
It takes a village – great support networks help build incredible leaders.
Know what you want and do everything you can do to achieve it – dreams are made realities when you truly want it.
Your kids learn more from what you do than from what you say, so if you have a big dose of mom guilt today then please know this one’s for you - permission to release (big breath in...now, let it go!)
Lead with bravery and courage every day and keep setting the example for your kids – they need it!
Happy Mother's Day (EVERY DAY!!!)