A little over a year ago I took the leap and went back into the workforce.

For seven years prior to that I was an English Professor. I spent the last 3 years teaching online only so I worked at home. Now I work outside the home and I LOVE my job.

I was worried about the effect it would have on my kids though. Big Brother was halfway through kindergarden and Little Brother had always been at home with me.

What I found is that my kids like school, most of the time. They like playing with friends and the playground.

I also discovered that working full time made me a better mom.

I am less inclined to tell my kids that I can do something in "just a minute" and not really mean it. If I say just a minute now, I really mean just a minute. I get precious little time with them during the week so if they want me to do something I want to do it.

They are tired so they go to bed on time for the first time in their short lives. This means I get to go to bed at a more decent hour, which makes me less tired, which makes me less grouchy.

We eat healthier. Always being on the go and having activities after school each day makes me think much more carefully about what we are eating and the effects what we eat has on our energy level. Caffine and sugar crashes make for an ugly evening.

I talk to my kids more. Part of that is because they are older but most of it is because I am not a participant in every aspect of their lives. I have to ask if I want to know what they did that day.

I happier and more confident with life and am able to pass that attitude to my kids. Having adult conversations, being more than a mom is important to me. I know for some people the opposite is true. I want to have success and worth beyond that of being a mom though. My job provides that. It also provides ample time for adult conversation.

I know that being a full time working mom isn't the most popular choice. I made the choice out of necessity. However, I am happy with the arrangement.

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