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What It’s Really Like To Be A Full-Time Working Mom

Sage Singleton  |  March 27, 2024

Being a full-time working mom is tough. Here's how 10 women balance their careers, raising children and still find time for personal growth.

Women are inspiring. Between raising children, investing (and earning!) money in the stock market, and handling work, we still manage to hold high-powered positions across different industries; we start our own businesses; we raise families. But, let’s face it, being a working mom is tough.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the labor participation rate for all moms with children under age 18 was 72.9 percent in 2022. That’s up 1.7 percent from the before. With only 24 hours in the day, how do we do it all? We spoke to 10 real women who work full-time, raise children, maintain their homes and still find room for personal time and growth. Here’s what they said.


“Working full-time while raising kids [as a mom] is just plain hard. I don’t really know what to say when people ask, ‘How do you do it all?’ Maybe the best answer is ‘I don’t.’ So maybe rather than asking that, the question should be, ‘How do you make it work?’ I give myself permission to have a sink full of dirty dishes, have the child at daycare that always has super crazy hair, and be OK with a walk down the street as my exercise that day. The best advice I can come up with is: Be flexible, lower your expectations, laugh at yourself, be present and try to enjoy the little moments.”

-Krystal, Community Outreach Manager for A Secure Life and mother of one boy

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“I work because I love it and want to use my abilities. Kudos to every mom out there. None of us are doing it perfectly, but every mom I know is doing her best. The most important thing we can do is not judge each other and give each other – and ourselves – grace.”

-Amanda Ponzar, CMO at Community Health Charities and mom to two boys


“Why I work? It’s a financial necessity for our family to live the lifestyle and in the area that we’ve chosen. However, I have a genuine passion for solving the types of problems I do in my work … Even if there were no financial necessity, I would carve out work as part of my life. Although it’s a huge juggle and creates its own unique stressors, I hope to teach my children important lessons about work: How (to do work) they find meaningful, (how to) maintain (their) independence, and (how to) contribute to society – by demonstrating life as a parent includes work.”

-Leslie Forde, self-care advocate and blogger at Mom’s Hierarchy of Needs and mother of two


“It all comes down to compartmentalizing and not being ashamed to ask for help. It’s important to be a professional [full-time worker] and a good mother, but it’s important to be present in both roles, instead of stressing about failing someone all of the time. When I am with my daughter, I put my cell phone in the other room and step away from the computer. When I’m at work, I close all of my internet browsers and put my cell phone in my desk drawer until I need it for something work-related. Sometimes it’s difficult, but I am so much better at being a wife/mom/worker when I am fully present in the moment, instead of trying to multitask more than necessary.”

-Megan Zavala, of Turn the Page Book Coaching & Editorial and mother of one daughter


“Women need to stop glorifying being a martyr for their family. We need to take care of ourselves in order to do the very best for our children. That is what I found is the most effective way to juggle being a mother, business owner, employee, and still have a happy life.”

-Carrie A. Boan, a NeuroLife Coach and mother


“(I was) recently in a pitch meeting for a potential new client. The potential client was a man who asked  (myself and another woman) if we had children. When we told him we did, he asked how we would be able to run his campaign in the summertime when our children were out of school. He actually said, ‘I know you’re moms, and you have to take care of your kids, so how will you do that and run my campaign?’ I looked him square in the eye and said, ‘We’ll run your campaign the same way that a father would whose children were out in the summertime.’

My uterus doesn’t dictate my ability to do a good job. I work not because I have to, but because I can. I’m very privileged to be able to choose whether or not I work. Some women work because they have to in order to feed their families. Some women can’t work because they couldn’t afford childcare. But I choose to work because I have two daughters. I want my girls to know that they have the same career opportunities and freedoms that men do.’”

– Crystal Henry, writer and mother of two girls


“Surround yourself with others that are like-minded. It is invaluable to have other women that know what you’re going through, can cheer you on, give tips and tricks, and to just be an ear to listen to complaints and tears. Without that support, it would be very difficult to do all that we need to do as working women in one of our most important jobs of being a mom.”

-Tori Tilton, owner of Share the Soap and mom


“My advice to full-time working moms is to know your limits. Know how much time you need alone – outside of work and kids – because when you are burnt out, both of your jobs will suffer.”

-Kenna Cook, a single mother who works full-time


“First and foremost, there’s no such thing as balance. I advocate work-life harmony, because there is always an ebb and flow to my responsibilities and obligations to my family and my business as an entrepreneur, not to mention to my friends, my community, and myself.”

-Jacqueline Shaulis, author of “Embrace Your Awesome” and mother of one son


“Try to remember to stop and smell the roses both at work and with family. Enjoy the moments, because, at the end of the day, this is what it’s really all about.”

-Joann Butler, president of Consultancy Media and mother of two boys


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