#MomFail or #Winning? Bringing Something a Little Extra to Working Mom Life

barbie shoe

I’ve had some funny moments in my time as a working mom, but this one was certainly a first.

We started with a rushed morning routine, because Daylight Savings can go pound salt. It was a power shower, eat standing up, goodbye kisses on the run sort of situation.

In my attempt to get out the door sort of on time, I skipped brushing my hair in favor of grabbing a brush from the backseat of my car. Then I did my best to “presentablify” myself in the parking lot.

When I got to work I was on a roll though. It was a crazy day but I was getting my work done well – collaborating with colleagues, putting out fires, writing, editing, and brainstorming.

Later I picked up the kids at school and they were equal parts happy to see me and disgruntled to leave their friends. A sign of a very good day.

Then we got in the car.

Feeling pleased with myself, I started to scroll my phone to find the kids’ favorite podcast while they buckled up, when suddenly I heard two little giggling voices in the backseat.

“Mommy, look what we found in the back of your hair!”


Becca Carnahan

Yes, that’s a Barbie shoe. With a raisin inside it.

In. My. Hair.

More than likely it was somewhere within my hair ALL day.

They say that as a working mom you constantly feel like you’re failing at one thing or the other, work or motherhood, all the time.

But I don’t buy that.

Because if I can work like a boss with a Barbie shoe and a raisin in my hair AND make my kids laugh at the end of the day? Well, that’s not failing at all.

That’s hilarious. And winning!

This story originally appeared on With Love, Becca

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