Work-life balance: 'I feel both guilty and proud'
We'd asked you, our readers to tell us how you strike a balance between your personal and professional lives.
Here Shrimati V from Nashik tells us how she balances work and family.
I read the article wherein Ms Indra Nooyi has point blank told that women just cannot have it all.
I am a working woman and have been working since the last 14 years.
Of course, though, not at such a high post, I have achieved a respectable position in the company I work in.
Like every other Indian woman, I also suffer from the same guilt of leaving the kids home and staying at work for almost 10 to 12 hours.
But, my question is why do we feel guilty?
I seriously feel that this could be due to the society in which we live in -- where women on one hand are considered a symbol of power and sacrifice but at the same time fails to recognise these facts.
If the man was supposed to be the sole bread-earner of the family, why do you think women ventured out?
Today, I know many women who are career-oriented and have achieved themselves positions that men envy.
I feel proud.
But if you ask such high achievers who are women they will always say 'I wish I had a family to go to.'
After you reach a certain level, it's all about kids you think of.
Yet, I feel a woman can have not all, but at least something, if you have a partner who is supportive and understanding and of course compromising.
Is that a distant dream?
Are you a career woman too?
Do you, feel the guilt of not being around for your kids?
How do you cope with it?
How do you strike a healthy balance between your professional and personal lives?
Tell us! We want to know!
Share your experience and advice with working moms and moms-to-be.
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