Thursday, August 17th, 2017
I am sitting in my office today as a mom in the workplace. I pray, I think and I wonder…
This letter is to my four daughters – Jana, Carla, Riandi and Marli with whom my thoughts are wandering today.
Being a mom in the workplace is an integrated part of my human being. My work, not just a job, but my passion and calling – I believe!
I wonder whether you regard it as unfair? Do you feel neglected?
…and I wonder, will you one day understand the struggle I have inside of me with time?
Mothers have fulltime careers for various reasons which means our time is divided. These careers are filled with opportunities but it isn’t without challenges, and whether the ideal work-life-family-balance is attainable – that I don’t know.
Without a doubt, please know that you are precious, beloved and very valuable. You are my most important “clients” and I will always make time for each one of you in my diary.
I am sorry for the tears, smiles, distressing and joyful moments that I miss. For now, I am doing the best I can and I don’t believe working and enjoying my work makes me a bad mother or wife. (I hope not.)
Family time is, however, the most valuable time of my day. The times when we eat together, read stories together and even exercise together. Those happy moments when you, Marli jump up and down of joy when I enter the home from work, when you, Riandi run into my arms and the hug-time, Jana and Carla. These times make all the things that happened in a day worth the effort.
Please know, that where I am sitting here at work every day, my thoughts are so often with you. Sometimes I wonder about the lives you are going to lead as grownups someday and how amazed I am by your different thinking patterns and self-confidence – so self-assured and talented. I trust that you won’t lose it along the way because I only want what is best for you. I don’t doubt that you will be successful. I get scared and excited at the same time when I listen to your dreams and stories – the working world must be careful with the Maree sisters on its way.
Dream big. Think clearly. Work hard. Use your opportunities.
Jana, Carla, Riandi and Marli, I wish you every success on your life’s journey. I wish love and a caring heart for each one of you.
My prayer: “Lord, give us as parents the wisdom and patience to raise these four, precious daughters with love and discipline so they can develop a strong character and serve You above all.”
What a privilege it is to be your mom as well as a working mom.
You are still my priority – more important than my work or my health! In this endless struggle I have with time I will strive to keep you happy every day…
…and I keep believing that one day you will understand.
All my love
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