Today Show: Stay At Home Mom Vs Working Woman Lifestyle
Being a stay at home mom is no cake walk. Lisa Endlich Heffernan knows first hand just how much work it is. In a recent Huffington Post article, Heffernan wrote that she “regrets” being a stay at home mom after having her third son. She quit a high paying banking job to stay home, and while she admits “regret” is a strong word, she doesn’t regret spending time with her kids.
When facing her third child, Heffernan knew that having two kids and two working parents was a hectic lifestyle. She said that their lives were in chaos. After quitting the workplace, she said her world narrowed. Instead of working with people of diverse backgrounds and ages, Heffernan was scheduling playdates and parties with moms her own age, with kids the same ages as her kids.
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“I think that parents who work, triage,” Heffernan said that quitting the workplace made her a helicopter mom. She hovered over her kids because they were her job. Working parents tend to deal with the biggest problems first and then let the little stuff work out.
Her three boys grew up strong and Heffernan doesn’t regret the time she got to spend with her kids. They are only young once, she said, and spending that precious time with them was an experience she could never trade. Heffernan said that keeping “a pilot light under your professional life” is what she would have done differently. She said the article is really about how she wishes she had had a part-time job or kept a toe in the business waters. She encourages other moms to do the same.
Lisa Heffernan said her sons are OK with the article.