This was one of those weeks where, as a working mom, you just want to throw in the towel. Every morning, something delayed me. Even the days I made it on time, it was filled with missteps along the way. Every task was met with at least one obstacle and, by Tuesday, I was hoping for Friday. It was a week where, when I got home, I wanted to hide but instead had events squeezed in between bedtimes and a sick breast-feeding toddler who sapped any sleep or patience I might normally have.

And, all week, I played in my head with a prayer that might fit my week. Not finding one, here’s my attempt:

A Mom’s plea to her children

Some nights, when I can barely think
And all I want to do is sit and have just one grown-up drink

But instead I bide my time with bedtime stories
Sleepy eyes and lullabies

Some days are tough
And I seem might gruff

But sometimes mama’s head fills up
With work, whining, cleaning, bills
And what spills out might sound rough

But just one giggle, smile or laugh
And I promise your mama will be back

I try so hard to make it seem easy
But dear one you should know
That sometimes all my worries make me quesy

So when I frown and can’t be bothered with your games
Please be gentle, let me breath and know you aren’t to blame.

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Cathleen Lewis
Cathleen, the Mayor of Lawrence Township & a full-time Public Affairs professional, counts her best job as being Mommy to Abigail (3 years) and Bridget (6 months ). A New Yorker originally, but Boston raised, Cathleen enjoys the challenge of raising the girls in a mixed household with her Yankee-fan husband Paul. She hopes to make up for the confusion by encouraging the family’s love of Rutgers football. She dreams of sharing her love of beaches, margaritas, music and adventure but is happy to squeeze in a family walk with the dog and a back yard BBQ these days. Formerly an avid reader and writer before work, life and children; Cathleen hopes she hasn’t lost her ability to capture thoughts through the written word but often can’t remember where the grocery list is.


  1. women should also havethe right to choose to be full ti e mothers, and not be chastised or criticised by women who choose to work oitside the home

    • Thank you for your comment. Of course! Mothers each have personal struggles in parenting and should not be blamed or shamed for their choices they make. I think that author would completely agree with you! She had written the introduction to this poem as a working mother but I think the take-away is universal. Thanks for being an engaged reader!

  2. I certainly did not intend to draw a distinction or comparison. Woman should be able to make that choice which is why I specifically callied it a mother’s plea and not a working mother’s plea. My frustration came from my work life balance but coukd easily from a harried week at home filled with stresses and challanges.

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