I was a stay-at-home mom for 15 months before I went back to work and my daughter entered daycare. I had always hoped I could make my freelance writing career flexible enough to allow me to care for my kids while working from home. Turns out, at least for me, that was a terrible idea that definitely didn't pan out as I had imagined. Instead, I have found myself with a list of things I'm sure every working mom wishes other moms just knew, and that includes my former self.
When my niece and nephews were little and their moms were working, I had no idea what it was like to drop them off every day and count the minutes until you could pick them up again. I had no idea what it was like to wonder where they picked up a new skill while I was away from them for hours at a time. I had no idea about the daily scramble out the door, and how you nearly always forget to pack at least one thing, usually more, your child will definitely need (or at least want).
I firmly believe that working moms and stay-at-home moms have equally difficult jobs. Those difficulties just present themselves (sometimes) in very different ways. Still, I do wish I realized some of these things before becoming a working mom, and it would definitely be beneficial if the mothers around me knew them, too.