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    Posted July 17, 2012 by
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Work and motherhood

    It is difficult!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter JenCompton can sympathize with the work/parenting balance so many mothers face. She, too, found it an adjustment to be back at work after caring for her three month old son, Jack. "I came back to work and it was hard, because before I got to spend all day with my son and now it's only two or three hours in the evening," she said. "It's hard to balance everything and, unless you've been through it, how will you understand what it's like? In some areas many mothers stay home after they have babies but ... I like to work as I went to college and it makes me feel more fulfilled as a person." So, what would help? She says flexible working hours - and cameras in nurseries to check on your children - would be great.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    I have only been back to work after my 12 weeks off for 2 weeks and it is hard! The hardest part with an infant is that they are only awake so many hours in the evening. I want more time with my little guy, but I have to take what I can get. I enjoy working and adding income to our family. I find personal fulfillment in having a career and being a mom. I know that it may get more difficult as my son grows up, but I hope he respects that his mom is an educated, hard-working mama!
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