I know I'm doing something right when she asks for daal chaval as her comfort food.
Shout out to my supervisor who makes it easy for me to work from home so I can be there to comfort her. I know that I'm super lucky bc I can't even imagine having to worry about making sure I have enough sick days/hours to take care of the kiddos... And myself.
But majority of working mothers/parents do have to worry. They can't take their whole 12 weeks of FMLA bc they would have to use their vacation and sick time up. And you know these little babies have appointments every other month at the minimum. And if you've been around a sick baby or kid, you know they need and want cuddles, and even if you have a supportive village, they want your YOUR cuddles. And that touch makes a difference. Your skin, smell, heartbeat is one of the most familiar things to them and is meant to provide comfort. And to not be able to because of outdated work policies is frustrating, unnecessary, anti-family, and unjust.
People often ask me what the worst part is being a mother who works outside of the home. Alhamdulillah, I have been so lucky to be supported by my supervisor at both of the places I've worked so far; making the juggling of motherhood and work quite easy. Of course it sucks to have to wake up and wake them up every morning, but I'm sure even if I didn't work, we'd have to wake up at some point. I know my work places are the exception. I know if I didn't have the flexibility I've been blessed with, I would not be working. And that is why so many moms end up not working, and then we wonder why there aren't women at the top.
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