Thursday 26 April 2018

Midsummer madness strikes for guilt-ridden working mothers

We have reached the midpoint of the school holidays and the nation's working mums are wilting, writes Sarah Caden

At this point in the summer, we need to step back and reassess. It’s the halfway point. Is it half a relief or half a shame? Stock picture
At this point in the summer, we need to step back and reassess. It’s the halfway point. Is it half a relief or half a shame? Stock picture

Sarah Caden

Last week, three separate work contacts asked me how I was coping with the school summer holidays. These weren't friends, they weren't even people I've ever met face-to-face.

They were women, though, working mothers, who knew that I, like them, have a job and children on school holidays.

Each time, the email conversations went the same way. The word "juggling" came up pretty quickly, the duration of camps was dealt with and then came the guilt, the regret at talking about our kids like a dog you needed to put into kennels for the holidays.

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