Fox FM’s Fifi Box and 2DayFM’s Em Rusciano opened up about mum guilt: that sinking feeling mums get when they wonder if they are doing enough for their children when working.
Fifi shared on radio one of the many issues women face, “As a working mum, the balls you hold in the air.”
Fifi has been a busy mum, juggling breakfast radio full-time and working on Neighbours.
“I’m the first to say I’ve bit of far more than I can chew right now. I would argue breakfast radio is a full time job and that’s probably all I needed. But my dream of becoming Nicole Kidman and being an actress… I got carried away with it and I’ve committed to Neighbours,” she explained.
“For the past six weeks I’ve been a really absent mum and it’s taken it’s toll on me because as a single mum, in many ways I’m all she’s got. The guilt that you feel when you are a working mum… it’s a guilt that you can’t escape.
“It’s so painful because I was a career woman before. I always thought to myself, I’m going to lead by example and show my daughter that you can do it. But there are those moments late at night where I feel like I’m failing.
“When she’s asleep, I’m looking at her little angel face and I think, ‘am I enough? Am I doing enough for you? Because I don’t want to have put career first, you are first.’ She’s my everything.”
Em agreed that being a working mum has it’s challenges.
“Last week, I quit my job twice. This one. I was so upset. I was working both ends of the day, I was doing stand-up comedy, I was doing radio. You lay down at night and it’s the last minute before you fall asleep and you get anxiety and the guilts,” she said.
“I think a lot of women out there do this. I just want to be able to say, what you are doing makes you a better mother. Women who completely lose themselves in their families are often the ones who end up at the end of the day, feeling, ‘well, what about me? What am I?’
“We’re watering our love and our own gardens and showing our daughters, the women of Australia, young girls, that it’s okay to want things for yourself.
“You, Fifi Box, are more than enough.”
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