WACO, Texas (KWTX) A local working mom who penned an open letter to other working mothers about the struggles associated with work and summertime is apparently getting to the heart of a dilemma many women face.
The author of the letter, Laura Lalani, is a mother of three, wife and full-time employee of the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. (Courtesy photo)
“Dear Summer Working Mom” was written for the “Waco Moms” publication by author Laura Lalani, a mother of three, wife and full-time employee of the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University.
The letter has been viewed more than 60,000 times in just a few weeks.
“Really, honestly it’s shocking because it was short, but it really was from the heart of just saying ‘I see you as a working mom and I see what you're doing,’” Lalani said.
Lalani’s letter addresses the struggle many moms face when school takes a break for the summer, but jobs don’t.
The letter starts by saying, “I noticed you pulling out your calendar in September to start planning even though summer was months away.”
Lalani says she decided to write the letter when she realized she was far from alone in her struggle to hold down a job away from the home while making sure her kids still enjoyed their summer.
“I think summer presents a lot of new challenges especially for working moms and moms in general because everyone has to know what to do with their kids and where to go and what camps to do,” she said.
“I think the thing that resonated, at least the most with me, is seeing the planning and the organization that goes into summer. “
Lalani adds that working moms learn to get creative with quality time even when it’s not between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“It's trying to find a balance and for me it's about trying to find the time you can soak up with your kids and perhaps maximizing your weekend or your evenings,” she said.
Carrie Maddux is the owner of “Waco Moms,” which launched as “Waco Moms Blog” in March 2017 and recently rebranded with more than 30 writers on staff, as a way to bring a digital resource to mothers looking to connect in Central Texas.
Maddux says she’s not surprised Lalani’s topic reached far beyond that.
“Working moms feel like they’re missing out on the little moments of summer and in today’s day and age a lot of moms are juggling careers. So, those worries and woes fall heavy on our shoulders, which is why it resonates so well with moms not just in Waco but all over the country.”
“I am happy that so many women across the country connected to her words and allowed moms to realize they are not alone in their feelings,” Maddux said.