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This Spot on Post About Being a Working Mom Is Getting Shared Like Crazy

A viral Facebook post is gaining positive attention for highlighting the strengths and struggles working mothers face to balance everything and strive to "have it all together."

Rachelle Bingham, a mother in Melbourne, Australia and the woman behind popular blog The Mummy Code, shared a photo on Facebook earlier this month of the clutter inside her car. Bingham, who wears a concerned expression in the photo, addresses how hard it can be to juggle parenthood and work with a smile on your face.

 

"To anyone who thinks that working mums have it all together. Ummm no," she wrote. "I have just arrived home at 5.10 p.m. I woke up with my 3 year old at 4.30 a.m, got kids ready, went to childcare, drove an hour in traffic and started work at 8 a.m. - in a normal job, nothing glamorous or exciting. I still have to do baths, make dinner and make a slice for work tomorrow who are having a 'fun' morning tea."

While she was happy that her son was excited to see her, she still felt very tired after a long day. She also wrote that her daughter was exhausted and hungry. All of this can be very hard for mothers to deal with at the end of long work days.

 

 

"My car is dirty.....filthy dirty," she continued. "Filled with toys, juice boxes, lolly wrappers, red bull cans and way too many sultanas to even bother cleaning. I have shopping on the passenger seat that I quickly grabbed at lunch time, schlepped to the office and finally back to my car."

She explained that working moms might look like they have it all figured out but face a lot more challenges than many realize:

"[I] may appear that working mums have it together but we are really all just running around, muddling through and trying to make it all work, so no one is let down or left out. I am grateful for my family and my job but it's not easy."

As of writing this article, Bingham's post has received more than 43,000 likes on Facebook and been shared nearly 7,500 times. Her fans also showered the post with comment love and thanked her for openly sharing her own problems as a working mom. They started sharing their own challenges, too:

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Bingham told the Huffington Post that she shared this photo so that other moms and dads could feel less alone. She also showed support for working parents and stay-at-home parents alike.

“[As a parent], days and nights are full, your car is dirty and house is messy but you certainly know that you’re alive,” she told the publication. “I realize one day I will look back and miss all these hectic moments.”

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