Another question: If we moms are so powerful, so smart, so expert, such great workers and managers and organizers and delegators and influencers in the castle, why is this state of outstanding achievement considered a negative in the workplace?
Question: Why is it that we moms are considered the queens of our castles? Ruling the roost? Or “When Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy?” Or that Mom is the go-to person if anyone wants to find anything in the house (“Kids, where does Mom keep the [fill in the blank]?”
Fact is, businesses want to make money, and money is made by employees who are present—or so it is assumed. An employee who is also a mother may be viewed as a liability because the fact is, her children need her more than the company does, ergo the mother won’t be as productive for the company because she’ll be absent more often on child-related errands than an employee who isn’t a mother.
You could look at it that way. Or you could look at it this way:
Working moms are tough chicks who know how to get things done. They have plenty of ongoing practice being productive, staying focused, and juggling (what seems like) a millions different tasks. In fact, working moms are:
- Titans of time and people management
- Mavens of multi-tasking
- Grace personified under pressure
- Nonpareil in negotiating
I said all this to say: instead of hiding your motherhood, work it, Mama! You can prove to a potential employer, current employer, clients, investors—whomever—that being a mom is to your and their advantage.
I am Mom; hear me roar.