I have twice returned to work after maternity leave, so I know the ache that comes with leaving your child in the arms of another as you head off to work. I also know what it’s like to be a stay-at-home mom and NOT go back to work after maternity leave. And I know what it’s like to go back to work after a few years at home.
There’s one thing ALL of these scenarios have in common: mom guilt. No matter your situation, it’s easy to feel like you are spread too thin — that you’re not giving enough or doing enough, that you’re not making the grade at work or at home. Having a baby changes EVERYTHNG: your priorities, your use of time, and your stamina. And also? Your capacity for LOVE and JOY.
In the video above, a new mom, Jessica O’Dowd, is called in for a performance review a few months after returning from maternity leave. She’s clearly nervous about the questions she’s being asked and concerned about the perception that she isn’t making the grade since coming back to work after giving birth to her daughter, Lyric.
But the review, sponsored by baby brand Chicco, turns out to be a tear-jerking surprise for O’Dowd—and ALL working moms. Instead of a criticism, it’s an homage to how hard O’Dowd works, and how being a mom has enhanced her “performance” at life in general. The video ends with the inspirational phrase, “Being a mother isn’t the end of anything. It’s the start of everything.”
I must say I agree! Being a mom has made me a better PERSON—and that has translated into ALL areas of my life, even my work. I love this video and I hope it inspires working moms everywhere to have confidence and know that they are doing an AWESOME job everywhere.