I guess I’ve become a poster child for mommy guilt, because Care.com wanted to feature my advice on the subject for their Banishing Mom Guilt interview series. (And by the way, kudos to them for addressing this important issue with their working-parent members.)
Here’s a little sample of my Q&A with Care.com’s Melissa Roja Lawlor:
One of the hardest things working moms do is handle the guilt with leaving their children in the hands of another to work. How did you handle going back to work? What made the transition easier for you, and/or for your child?
In the beginning, my husband was our daughter’s caregiver while I was at work. So that made the first year much easier than a lot of working moms have it. When we found our regular sitter through a family friend, we quickly established a strong bond of trust with her and eventually a great friendship. Later, when my daughter went to preschool, we both felt good about the teachers and school. So the lesson is, if you feel comfortable about who your kids are with and where they spend that time away from you, you minimize the guilt.
And I hope you’ll comment if a particular question or tip speaks to you!