Crossroads of Choice: Navigating Motherhood and Career

Perfect balance may not always be possible

By Dr. Erum Nabeel

The decision between motherhood and a career is profoundly personal and depends on individual circumstances, values, and priorities. Some women may choose to prioritize their careers and delay motherhood, while others may decide to focus on raising a family and temporarily put their careers on hold. There are also many who successfully balance both aspects of life by seeking flexible work arrangements or support from family and childcare services.

It’s important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Each woman’s journey is unique, and it’s crucial to make a decision that aligns with your personal goals and aspirations. Consider discussing your thoughts and feelings with loved ones or seeking professional guidance to help you make an informed choice. Ultimately, whatever path you choose, it’s essential to find fulfillment and balance in your life.

Feeling guilty while balancing motherhood and a career is typical, as it can be challenging to juggle both responsibilities. Remember that you are not alone in experiencing these emotions. It’s essential to acknowledge your feelings and be compassionate with yourself.

Try to set realistic expectations and recognize that achieving a perfect balance may not always be possible. Prioritize your time and energy on what truly matters to you and your family. Seek support from your partner, family, or friends, and consider discussing your feelings with other working mothers who can offer insights and understanding.

Additionally, remember that it’s okay to ask for help or delegate tasks when needed. Taking care of your well-being is essential, as it will benefit both your family and your career in the long run. Remember that there is no “right” way to do it all, and it’s okay to make adjustments as you navigate this journey.

About the Author: Dr. Erum Nabeel, a dentist as well as a trainee psychotherapist, is dedicated to promoting mental well-being and her unique background allows her to approach mental health topics from a holistic perspective. She focuses on advocating for effective parenting and mental well-being and her content highlights the impact of dysfunctional family relationships on social and emotional competencies.