Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Voice Behind Daat

The Voice Behind Daat - Being a working mother

This isn't a new topic, but it's one that never gets old or boring. If you ask any working mother, how she does it and how she feels about going into an office while her child is at home being looked after by someone that isn't her, she'll tell you that it isn't easy. In fact, it's very difficult and sometimes it feels awful.

When a mother chooses to work outside the home, she takes many things into account. Sometimes, it's not even a choice, it's a necessity to work outside the home. For me, it was a combination of both.

I began my career as both a mother and the sole provider for my household. For a long time, I knew that I wanted to take advantage of my talents in the field of technology. From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a programmer. In order to accomplish my professional dream, I studied and received a degree in Computer Science and spent every additional minute learning more about the subject. It was my hobby and it had once been my profession, and I enjoyed it and I didn't want to give it up.

It was important for me, as it is with many women, to find a balance between work and motherhood. There were years I worked fewer hours and years I worked longer hours; years I worked in the home and years I worked outside the home. It wasn't easy and sometimes balancing the two was difficult, but somehow I made it work.

It's clear to me now that my family and I paid some kind of price for having to balance these two things, but it's also clear to me that my family has gained from it as well. My children are more independent than they would have been had I been at home all the time. They've learned how to manage their own time and schedules. They find pleasure in their own hobbies and work. My children also understand that money doesn't grow on trees, and they have the tools to understand where money falls in the grand scheme of things. In addition to everything, there mother was able to be a private instructor for them, teaching them computers, programming, English, and Mathematics. I can't deny that it's nice to see all five of my children wanting careers in technology, but only time will tell if they actually follow through with this.

Because I understand the price a mother and her children pay when working outside the home, it's important for me to try to find an easier way for women to balance work and her family.

Most women who work at Daat are ultra-Orthodox mothers who want to work outside the home and develop technological skills in programming, software testing, and content writing for web development. We provide them with challenging projects and a flexible schedule that respects their needs as well as our customers.

I must note that during the years I've realized that working mothers have some kind of special power that allows them to work exactly the right amount of hours to produce exceptional work, and still they are able to take care of their children. There must be a guardian angel for each woman that helps her be a successful professional and an amazing mother.