I used to be the kind of person who answered emails super quickly. In fact, I used to be the kind of person who would have to wait before pressing send because getting a response in only 30 seconds makes you look too eager or weird or like you don't have much else going on. Now that I'm a working mom, though, it might take me days to respond to an email that's not critical. It'e never intentional, but there are so many reasons a working mom isn't answering your email.
Before I became a mom, I couldn't really understand how my friends could go weeks without answering my emails. To be fair, I'm the communicative type and some of my friends are most definitely the opposite. But seriously, how hard could it be to just shoot back an email? Well, as it turns out, I'll put my tail between my legs and admit that it's totally hard when you're a working mom. There are so many other things competing for your time and attention - work, kids, partner, sleep. And the first thing to go is answering emails from your friends.
Now that I understand what it's like to have to split my time and my brain space with raising a child, I owe my old mom friends an apology for my silent incredulity at their lack of email responses. I get it, and I'm here to spread the word about what's keeping me from my own email inbox.