Mary Kay on Motherhood

05-04-2015 10:13 AM

With Mother’s Day less than a week away, we bring you some of Mary Kay’s thoughts on motherhood. These were originally published in the You Can Have it All 1997 Calendar. Wishing you and your mom a happy Mother’s Day!

Pretty is as pretty does. To a large degree, the mother sets the mood for the entire family. When she appears satisfied and cheerful, her husband and children will likely emulate her attitude. Unfortunately, her negative moods are also contagious.

Yes, the sacrifices are worth it. Becoming a mother changes your life forever. Your responsibility to provide love and care for your child is a lifetime commitment. No matter how big and strong your child grows, you never stop being a mother. And, yes, especially when your child is small, you will make numerous personal sacrifices. But most mothers agree that such sacrifices enrich their lives.

Remember your priorities. Many companies, sensitive to the special needs of working mothers, are investigating family-friendly policies. Even so, with the realities today’s fast-changing economy, most women will find her career in conflict with her family responsibilities from time to time. Only when your priorities are clear can these important choices be soundly made.

Make each child feel special. After coming home from the office and completing their household tasks, most working mothers use up their last ounce of energy participating in group activities with their children. Try to figure out a way to spend one-on-one time with each of your loved ones, so they don’t feel shortchanged.

Moms need treats too. I must confess that when my children were young, I didn't indulge in certain luxuries that probably would have been good for me. Take a hot bubble bath at the end of the day. Treat yourself to a good professional massage. Every now and then, go to a spa. Your entire family will benefit.

Do take the office home! As a working mother, you can take home abilities that you learn at the office like people skills, time management and budgeting. We enhance our children’s lives by serving as good examples through our behavior.