Many years ago, a poll revealed that the most unwelcomed Mothers’ Day gift is none other than cooking pots. Women who were polled said that pots as a gift sends a not so subtle message that they are expected to cook and care for the household, even after a full day of work. In an age where women have unprecedented access to the workplace, we now have a new problem: the society expects career women to still fulfil the role of housewives.
When travelling abroad, I even came across a signboard in London that said: “Career women make bad mothers”.
Do not interpret this the wrong way—this is not a message to shame career women. Is it a call to highlight the plight of those who have to juggle both career and family. The lack of support at the workplace (nursery, flexible working hours, work from home options, etc.) and the lack of expectation towards men to help out at home weighs down heavily on the shoulders of modern day women.
Another research in Taiwan established the link between work stress and an increased risk of heart diseases, insomnia and high blood pressure. These risks affect women more than they affect men.
Full time mothers do not have it easy as well.
Many women choose to give up high-paying jobs and career prospects so that they can devote full attention to their children. They are then expected to take care of everything at home, from cooking to cleaning to teaching and nurturing. They are not paid, enjoy no leave or bonuses, and hardly have any time for themselves. It is one of the most demanding jobs in the world, yet very under-appreciated.
The constant stress of juggling both ends can lead to great distress for career mums. Anxiety, frustration, depression, sleeplessness and low self-esteem are common problems.
My point is: society hardly empathises enough with career mums and show very little appreciation to them.
As a career woman myself, I fully understand the difficulties of juggling career and family. Even if one chooses to prioritise her children, there will be times where work comes in the way and you would be forced to pick a side. In these times, we do everything we can to ensure that our children understand how much we love them. Maintaining the balance between work and family has always been a priority for me.
Today I want to show my full appreciation for both career mums and full time mums. You are all admirable individuals that society cannot do without. May the world show you more appreciation, not just in words but also in action.
It is Mothers’ Day this Sunday, and I wish all mothers a wonderful celebration! Thank you very much for giving selflessly to the world.
If you have something to say about the special woman in your life, please comment below or on my Facebook page! I would love to hear your stories.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]全职妈妈vs职业妇女，谈何容易？
英国伦敦曾在街头架上一个巨型的广告牌，上面写着：职业妇女不是好妈妈（career women make bad mother’）。