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Podcast Episode 250: How to deal with “Mom, why do you work all the time?” with Julie Cole

Does this sound familar?

You’re in the middle of a busy workday, juggling deadlines and meetings, when suddenly your child looks up at you with those innocent eyes and asks, “Mom, why do you work all the time?”

In that moment, a wave of guilt washes over you, and you find yourself questioning if you’re doing enough to be there for your kids while still excelling in your career. If this scenario hits close to home, you’re not alone. Many moms struggle to find the right balance between work and family, often feeling torn between their professional aspirations and their desire to be present for their children.

I remember the first time my oldest asked me that heart-wrenching question. It felt like a dagger to the heart, and I couldn’t shake off the guilt that came with it. But over time, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons that have helped me navigate this delicate balance.

If you’ve ever found yourself grappling with similar feelings of guilt and uncertainty, know that you’re not alone. Balancing work and family is no easy feat, but with a few mindful strategies, you can find harmony in the chaos.

Meet our podcast guest: Julie Cole. Not only is Julie mom to six kids ages 14 – 23, she’s also the co-founder of Mabel’s Labels Inc, award-winning author of “Like a Mother: Birthing Businesses, Babies, and a Life Beyond Labels”, and entrepreneur, media personality. As an accomplished businesswoman herself, Julie knows all too well the pressure and guilt that comes with working as a Mom. Sometimes the questions our kids have for us – like “Mom, why are you always working” – just cut straight to the heart.

Julie’ll be sharing her tips for managing her busy schedule while staying focused on her work AND family and finding balance with your partner. If you’re a working Mom, Mom of six, or somewhere in between, this episode is for all of us!

In this episode of the No Guilt Mom podcast you’ll learn:

  • The importance of knowing your limits and needs while setting strong boundaries that honor the time you want to spend with your family
  • How making small shifts in your schedule can help you spend a bit more quality time with your kids without changing EVERYTHING
  • Ways to cope with the guilt that accompanies the question (or similar question) of “Mom, why are you always working?” without quitting your job
  • That many Moms feel like they’re not doing ENOUGH to balance their life between work and kids

Resources We Shared In This Episode:

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Learn more about Julie and Mabel’s Labels here!

Like a Mother: Birthing Businesses, Babies, and a Life Beyond Labels by Julie Cole

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Brie Tucker

COO/ Podcast Producer at No Guilt Mom
Brie Tucker has over 20 years of experience coaching parents with a background in early childhood and special needs. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri and is certified in Positive Discipline as well as a Happiest Baby Educator.

She’s a divorced mom to two teenagers.

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