Mar 182019
‘Workin’ Moms’ Highlights Post-Maternity Leave Problems

Trying to find something to watch late at night as I pull up my laptop to get started on my workload, I came across a show on Netflix that caught my eye. It was Workin’ Moms.

Not only was the title intriguing, but the synopsis of the show drew me in.

It reminded me of going back to work after having our firstborn, and again after having our second. It was during our third that I completely skipped maternity leave and picked up right where I left off before giving birth.

Heck, I even remember planning my “leave” weeks in advance and messaging all my clients to let them know I was going to do things way in advance in case I went into labor.

As exciting as it was to see my earnings during those months, I didn’t like how it made me feel.

What Makes ‘Workin’ Moms’ So Relatable

As you watch Workin’ Moms, you can sense the new-mom confusion within the mommy-and-me sessions. Each mom is battling with the changes that come with being a new parent.

Watching the four women portrayed in the Netflix original, I felt myself bonding with them. I was reminded of the following:
– What it felt to go back to the office;
– To feel as though your child has become the center of your spouse’s world;
– To not know whether you are doing enough; and
– To want to do more.

Although one of the women already has an older child, there’s the feeling of disconnect with her daughter. I watched as that same mom discussed the emotions she faced with her unplanned pregnancy. I felt myself drift back into the time when we found out we were expecting our third.

Some people assume that it gets easier with each child. Overall, it does, but you mentally have to prepare yourself for what’s to come.

Adding another member to your family can be financially difficult and emotionally overbearing. At times, it might feel as though you’re stretching yourself too thin. In most cases, you are.

Workin’ Moms does a great job in portraying these emotions and more throughout the first season. Although it’s not something you’d watch with your husband — sorry, he just might not get it and that’s okay — Workin’ Moms makes girls time a lot easier by bringing it to your living room.

I highly recommend this show to family and friends, and I can’t wait for season two in Spring 2019.

Have you seen Workin’ Moms yet? Tell me what you think about it in a comment below!

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

Reader Comments

  1. I haven’t seen this yet but it sounds like it’s definitely worth a watch. I’ll look out for it next time I’m scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch!

  2. Oh I need to see this. As you say it all sounds so relatable to me. I went back after my first 3 children then gave it all up to buy and run Coombe Mill with the next 3. Working Mums really appeals. Thank you for the recommendation.

  3. I’m quite excited to start forming my own family, though it’s not in the works for at least the next year. Still, it’s very exciting to read on this!

  4. I think such issues are very important to address and understand and be ready for it. It is great people now think more about all the matters in life.

  5. Not a mother just an admirer of all the momisms. and this show was so raw and hilarious it reminded me that nothing good comes without a little nurture and patience and love!

  6. This looks like a promising show! I will have to add it to my list! Currently catching up on some true crime documentaries!

  7. i may have not been blessed with kids but I totally appreciate all moms sacrifices for their kids. awesome recommendation hun!

  8. Looks like a gerag show to watch. This must be a really perfect time to watch this. I am currently on leave after giving birth.

  9. Netflix never fails me with their original series. This is something that I would really love to watch. Wil be saving this.

  10. I am sure that movie resonates with all working moms. Every working mom could recall the mom’s guilt of going back to work and wondering if you’re doing enough for your kid and wanting to do more than you’ve done.

  11. I was trying to persuade my husband to watch this last night but he wasn’t having it…..will have to binge watch when he is working late night

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