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Battle Of Guilt: Work Vs. Family

I'm having one of those weekends that has me completely torn between family and work. I have fought with myself over where I should be and what I should be doing since I woke up this morning.

If I was working, I felt like I should be spending quality time with the kids and hubby. When I stopped to spend time with them, I felt my deadlines creeping up on me. Even right now, the kids are asleep, its past 11, and hubby is alone in the living room watching TV while I work, and I have complete and total guilt.

I know that the current situation won't last forever. I have to work when he is home to watch the kids. Let's face it, nothing kills your productivity like an 11 month old who is in love with the computer's reset button.

My choices right now are: suffer through the next however-many months until I can accomplish more during the day and have more family time on the weekends or put the kids in daycare and go back to a "real" job.

Even though I know that dealing with the next few months is the lesser of the two evils, it sure doesn't make the weekends any easier.

Anyone else in my boat? How are you dealing with the guilt you feel when you have to work when you really want to be spending time with your family, or else risk not being able to pay the bills?


I struggle with this all the time, Shannan. I don't know how to get past it though because when I worked outside the home there was guilt then too so I think it's just a mother's burden to feel pulled in multiple directions. All I do is just do what feels right at the time.

For my hubby, we try to spend Saturday nights together. (Except tonight but we're in the same room both on our computers, lol)

For the family time, we try to do family nights a few nights a week but it's often everyone doing their own thing which makes me feel guilty at times. Or, me grinning and nodding while typing because I just have to get a project finished even though someone is talking to me.

Tricky sometimes and that Mom-guilt is not a bad thing really because it just means you're a conscientious wife & mom.

Hang in there :)

April 5, 2008 at 10:50 PM  

Thanks, Dana!

I could always look at it in the sense that at least I am having enough success that I have plenty of work...

April 5, 2008 at 11:23 PM  

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