Being a mom is both the hardest and most rewarding job in the world. But being a working mom can be exhausting, overwhelming, and full of stressful conflicting emotions.
Like wondering if working is the right choice. Feeling guilty for enjoying work and adult time. Trying to balance being a mom, spouse, partner, or single parent while still finding time for personal care. Beating yourself up for feeling like you’re not good at any of your roles.
What’s worse is that many times working moms feel the need to act as though everything is OK, even if it’s not. Many of us end up feeling like everyone else is kicking motherhood’s butt and taking names while we’re struggling to hold it together… and that can be isolating.
But, when you’re faced with a stressful situation, you shouldn’t have to navigate it alone.
Moms balancing parenthood and work need as much support as they can get, and many jump at the chance to take it whenever and wherever they can. Which is why three C Space moms (two fresh from maternity leave with their first babies) decided to form the C Space Moms Group.
Support groups can help people feel less lonely and improve coping and adjustment skills. Simply knowing there’s a built in support system at work helps make work a better place to return to – and stay at – after maternity leave ends. With 68% of C Space’s employees being female, there tends to be a lot of moms around!
No topic is off-limits in the Moms Group, and no moms are left out. Some meetings have a specific agenda, like mom’s body image or tips for traveling with kids. Others are left purposefully free so we can share highs and lows, or offer up advice and support. There’s also a fantastic line-up of guest speakers. For example, financial planners to talk the ins-and-outs of estate planning and 529s, and nutritionists to help navigate eating healthy with picky eaters, limited time, and a small budget. No mom is off-limits, either; we welcome moms-to-be, moms waiting to adopt, and experienced moms with older kids.
In just a few months since the group kicked off, the moms involved have already built a solid rapport. First-time moms returning from leave get a “care bag” with tissues, Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses, a photo frame for their smiling babe, and encouraging notes from other working mommies. Most importantly, new – and veteran – moms have a place to get together and share advice, swap war stories, and, occasionally, shed tears. At the end of the day, though, everyone feels just a bit better knowing they’re not alone. An ear, shoulder, or hug is just a coworker away.
P.S. – Dads can need an ear – or a hug – too. Just recently, the C Space Moms Group inspired a bunch of C Space dads to form a group of their own. Dads rejoice!