You get up early and you go to bed late. You read to your kids at night and you deliver a presentation to coworkers during the day. You travel for your kids’ extracurricular activities and for your work trips. Your life is a constant juggling act between work and family. You get no breaks on the weekends, and you are so, so, so exhausted that you can rarely think straight. This has become the new norm for many working women.
More than 70 percent of American mothers with children under 18 are in the work force, balancing traditional family responsibilities with career aspirations. In fact, mothers are now the sole or primary income provider in 40 percent of households with children. While there will always be a percentage of women who need to work to help support their family, there are also many who choose to work simply because they enjoy it.
However, while more moms are trying to balance work and family than ever before, at least 1 in 4 women cry once a week due to the stress of “having it all,” according to a recent study done by Care.com. Many moms feel like they’re always falling behind. “From office meetings to the endless list of errands to the all-important role of raising kids, it’s no surprise that an overwhelming majority (80 percent) of moms feel stressed about getting everything done,” says Donna Levin, cofounder of Care.com. There’s also an emotional cost that comes with splitting time between work and family: Moms may not be the ones who help their child get ready for school. It may be harder to find opportunities to volunteer in their child’s classroom. Longer work hours may force some to miss out on after-school homework time or activities. These are just a few of the sacrifices that working moms make.1