Working mom guilt: Nothing rational about it, but it doesn't make it go away
Yesterday my husband sent me an IM to say that the teacher from school had called him (my cell has no reception in the house for some reason) and our daughter was spiking a 103 fever.
As soon as I IMed him back that I was running out to get her, I felt a huge pang of guilt. That morning she wasn't herself -- quieter, calmer, more tired looking. She had coughed over the weekend, but had no fever, so we figured she was fine for school and just didn't sleep too well. I felt horrible for sending her to school sick...
And here's the thing -- as I drove to school to get her, I had this rational talk with myself about how she didn't seem sick, this happens, no big deal, give yourself a break, etc. It was a really nice pep talk, you'd be proud of me. And I assured myself that look, you're going to get her, and take care of her and all will be good.
But you know what? I felt horribly guilty anyway. It's not rational, but this working mom guilt thing is just part of my being:)