Mom of 5 ready for work but feeling guilty

Shallanna - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have stayed home for almost fourteen years now to tend to my children and with my daycare those of others as well. I am now about to complete my education and regardless of my nervousness I am so ready for this change...here is the issue. I feel so guilty for wanting this for myself, and I do want it badly. Is it really okay to be so excited to stop doing what I wanted and love doing for soemthing so selfish?

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Naturally some things will change for them once you go back to work, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, they might learn some new valid stuff as well? I understand how you feel though, went from fulltime working to fulltime mom and back again. It's just that there's more to you than being a mom. How does their dad feel about this? It kinda helps to have a supportive partner.

Good luck. And don't feel guilty, such a shame.

Shallanna - posted on 01/19/2010

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It is such an odd feeling to have these desires and I cannot help but wonder if taking the time to get the education and go to work soon will be robbing them of the lifestyle they are used to. what if they hate me for doing this...what if I fail at it, maybe that is the real issue huh...I cannot help but wonder if I am going to be able to fit into the work force again after all these years, but I see your point about finding happiness for myself too...but when did being a mom stop being enough---that is what pains me the most.

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Why on earth is it selfish to want something for yourself??? A happy mommy usually is a better mommy, so go for it girl!!

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