We Only Work 9-5

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Holy Schnikes! Moms are pissed and Gwyneth is the culprit.

Gwyneth Paltrow recently stated to E! “I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”

Gwyneth, Moms around the world would like to correct you-every day is a challenge, a challenge to keep our eyelids open.  You are right, we do not understand being on set, having nannies, chefs, maids, and chauffeurs but we can imagine it’s hard. We cannot imagine how you, as a mother, could say something so inconsiderate towards other mothers. Girlfriend, we are all on the same team!

Mackenzie Dawson had social media buzzing this morning when her Working Mom’s Open Letter to Gwyneth was posted.  Mackenzie, We applaud you and thank you!

I was chatting with friends this morning and we wanted to elaborate on Mackenzie’s article.  Our average (pseudo 9-5) routine day…

  • 5:00 am                     Wake-up to get myself ready and pack lunches. Single Moms have to get the kids ready at the same time.
  • 6:15 am                     Wake kids to kiss them goodbye.
  • 6:30 am – 8:00 am     Drive a commute that lasts 1 -2 hours depending on traffic.
  • 8:00-4:45                   Work. Note that lunch is eaten at the desk and the lunch that was prepared in the morning was forgotten on the kitchen counter.
  • 4:45 pm                      Race out the door to pickup kids who are at school and daycare all day where someone else is raising them. Feel guilty the entire drive.
  • 6:15 pm                      Pick up child #1 from after-school care.
  • 6:30 pm                      Pick-up child #2 from daycare.
  • 6:30 pm-7:30             Commute home with tired, cranky, hungry kids that scream for snacks the whole ride home.
  • 7:30 pm                      Help child #1 with homework, while cooking dinner and playing with child #2.
  • 8:15-9:15 pm             Dinner, Bath Time, Brush Teeth and Story Time.
  • 9:15 pm                      Finish dinner for Hubs and hope that he still finds me remotely attractive with my dark, black, under eye circles and sweatpants for the umpteenth day in a row. After dinner or the 3 bites I have eaten of it, clean up our plates, wash dishes, and tidy up.
  • 9:45 pm                       Check work emails that were missed.
  • 10:00pm                      Off to bed to do the whole thing again! Of course, if any of the kids wake up in the middle of the night, tomorrow will be a nightmare but let’s hope and pray they sleep through the night.

One mom I talked with takes the train to work and received a lecture from her son this morning because they didn’t have an umbrella on their walk from the train.  The child informed her that she, “should have checked the weather last night.  That is your job.  The people with umbrellas checked the weather last night.”  Too tired to argue with him, this mom received an F for the day.

Some of us are lucky to have a spouse at home that can help with the responsibilities but there are a lot of single moms out there. You will easily know these women, because they don’t respond to emails or Facebook messages for days because they haven’t had a minute to do so.

Another mom was at work when her sitter cancelled.  Her husband was still at home but had to go to work, so he called her for help to coordinate childcare. We all know that when I say “called her for help” this means the mom made all the calls to find a replacement sitter while she was at work.

We don’t work out, we don’t put the laundry away, we don’t go to book clubs, and we wear the same jeans for years because we don’t shop for ourselves.  Our hair highlights have not been touched up and our nails have not been manicured.

Gwen, If you ever need to get away from your exhausting schedule, I am sure any one of us would open our untidy, cluttered home to you.  Just don’t tell E! about your visit to the home of an average 9-5 mom.

Thanks, Moms of America

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