Moms who have jobs outside of the home are faced with the challenge of balancing two separate lives: work life and home life. Sometimes the two intertwine whether you'd like it or not, and can provide hours of humiliation and/or entertainment to those around you. I think there areembarrassing moments every working mom knows all too well that won't be left out of those break room conversations any time soon. Fortunately, if you've been through any of the below, you're not alone.
One of my most embarrassing moments I experienced at work wasn't when I'd walked around all day with my zipper down (that's too easy) but, instead, when I'd unknowingly sat on a piece of my son's chocolate, leaving a giant stain on the back of my pants. Yes, it looked like I'd soiled myself. This was, of course, at the start of my shift, so there was no way to avoid it and no way to pretend it wasn't there. I did the only thing I thought to at the time, which was to tie my jacket around my waist like some "cool mom" (or something) while simultaneously dying a little on the inside. How many people saw it before it was pointed out? After that, I tried to make a habit of checking and re-checking myself before work. You know, just in case.
To all working moms who've been embarrassed by something similar, I offer you my sincere solidarity (and, yes, a few giggles). In order to keep it fair, here are some of the things I've done, too. Because, well, kids.