In support of this study, some other working mothers also shared their views about working mothers' guilt. Meenal Tirmizi, mother of a five-year-old girl and head of sales and marketing at Project Interior, who is a career oriented person, told this citizen journalist , that “To provide a better living and lifestyle to my daughter, and to give her the best in everything, I need to balance my family life and work life.” She also added that, “To do all this, the support from the family and spouse is very important.”
In Chai with Lakshmi, Ellen Mrinalini Shinde, clinical head of 1 to 1 help.net told Red Bangles, “The demands are external, but are much more internal and that's where the whole phenomenon of guilt happens. You are guilty when you are working, that you are not giving enough time at home. And when you spend a lot of time at home, then you think that, am I shortchanging the company, and I am not meeting the team expectations. So guilt is the common emotion that is experienced. And one of the thing one needs to do is make choices, you need to take certain choices, where to work, when to work and when to take a pause. And also to define work-life balance to yourself.”
To be a good mother, it is not about spending all your time with your child. A mother should take care of herself also, a happy mom has better chances of being a good mother, and this can only happen when the mom balances between work, family and relationship. And I think women are gifted with such patience and the ability to handle and juggle responsibilities.
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