11 Working Moms Explain Why They Love Their Jobs

11 Working Moms Explain Why They Love Their Jobs

Moms have lots of good reasons for going back to work after having kids.

By Judy Koutsky

It’s a tough decision every mom makes: trying to figure out if it makes sense to continue to work outside the home after having kids. For some, it’s a question of finances, for others, it’s about loving what they do. Still others will admit: It’s easier to be at work than home raising kids. Here, we asked moms why they chose to continue to work after their kids were born.

1. “Performance reviews! You get measured feedback and reward for your hard work.”

2. “I love the social contact with diverse demographics -- like all the young, tech 20-somethings. I feel connected to the world.”

3. “Work makes me feel like someone in my own right -- separate from mom and wife.”

4. “Earning my own money. I think it’s important for me to make -- and spend -- my own money.”

5. “Though I did love being at home, I do feel really vital now. I know I'm contributing to the household coffers (which were dangerously low) and I feel really good about the work my nonprofit does. I'm in a children-based cause, so I think I feel like I'm still working for my kids.”

6. “I love my job. As a magazine copy editor, I read for a living. I'm always learning something new because I'm always reading new stories, whether it's about politics, fashion, pop culture, science, finance -- my brain is always working. It helps me remain connected to the world outside my apartment.”

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7. “I don't have the patience or energy to be a stay-at-home mom! All my stay-at-home mom friends say they don't understand how I do it all, but frankly, it's because I can't imagine being home and dealing with whiny toddlers all day! I know that sounds terrible, but it's true. I think stay-at-home moms have a harder job than I do!”


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8. “Self-worth. In the office, I’m Maria. At home, I’m Joey’s Mom or Olivia’s Mom (or Bob’s Wife). Sometimes I just want to be Maria.”

9. “I work part time and I think I have the best of both worlds. I’m a part of my kids’ school (I volunteer on my non-work days to be class mom and lunch lady) and when I’m at work, I’m full on into my work. Because I’m not with the kids full time, they don’t drive me crazy. Because I’m not at work full time, I don’t have to get involved in office politics.”

10. “My mom stopped working in an office when she had kids, and I always saw her working at home: laundry, ironing, cooking, and cleaning. It looked miserable. I work in an office and get paid nicely for something I really enjoy, and I then pay someone else to do my work at home -- cooking, cleaning, and ironing. I think it’s a fair trade.”

11. “When I was pregnant, my OB/GYN encouraged me to keep on working after my pregnancy. ‘Your coworkers have to listen to you, your kids don’t,’ she told me. That always stayed with me. I love my kids, but I feel respected and valued at work. I feel loved at home. I need both to nourish my soul.”

What do you like about your job?

Judy Koutsky is the former Editorial Director of KIWI magazine, a green parenting publication. She was also Executive Editor of Parenting.com, AOL Parent and BabyTalk.com. Follow her on Twitter @JudyKoutsky.

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