I have the unique experience of knowing what it's like to be a stay-at-home mom and a working mom. When your kids are little, staying at home is beyond difficult. Then your kids go to school and staying at home is much easier. Up until a few months ago, I spent a little over three hours a day on just commuting for work. My commute was longer than the time I had to spend with my kids. However, while being a working mom is tough, there are some things you can get away with only when you're a working mom.
When I say that working moms can "get away" with certain things, I'm referring to the alleviation of guilt. No mom can truly "get away" with anything (mainly because of the immense pressure we put on ourselves), but she can allow herself to not feel guilty about letting some of her responsibilities slip through the cracks for a little while. Working full-time and managing a household is a balance that is difficult for most, and I know it's burdensome for me.
As a working mom I had to accept some of life's realities. I quickly understood that a balance between family and work is the most important benefit a company can offer, and that most don't offer it in any capacity. I learned that seeing my family for only a few hours each night was miserable. I discovered that no matter how hard I tried, I could never get everything done and that some things were always left unfinished. When I finally realized I had to let go of some of the guilt I constantly felt, I began allowing myself to "get away" with some of my "inadequacies."