If you’re a working mother or a mom who has taken time off from her career to raise her kids, then you will totally relate to this clip from “Friday Night Lights” when Tami (Connie Britton) receives the offer of a lifetime — the chance to be Dean of Admissions at a college in another state. Despite having an incredible opportunity dropped in her lap, Tami’s decision to accept the position isn’t an easy one. She’s always supported her husband, Eric (Kyle Chandler), who has spent his career coaching high school football while raising their daughter who is now an independent teenager. Tami must now decide whether or not it’s time to pursue her career full force and hopefully not jeopardize her relationship with her family.
As a working mom, I can totally relate to Tami’s professional and personal dilemma. While ascending in my own career, when I became a mother, I stepped on the brakes and managed to work out a schedule where I got the chance to telecommute two days a week. That fateful decision caused my career path to ascend at a snail’s pace. For the last decade, I’ve managed to be home for my kids while building my own business, but always felt like I was missing out on what could have been had I stayed the course and gone for the brass ring.
Recently, I decided to jump back into the world of full-time work and while I admit it hasn’t been easy for my kids or my husband, I have to say that having my eyes back on the prize makes me feel incredibly empowered and fulfilled. Striking a balance is going to be the hardest part of doing what I love, but what I do know is that in life, you must have a partner who supports your dreams, even when it means you may not be home to make dinner or catch your child’s baseball game. At the end of the day, if you can find a way to do what you love and still play an important role in your family’s life, then I say never give up on your dreams no matter how selfish or guilty it might make you feel. Give up the guilt — you’ll be a better wife and mother if you do!