I am the day metro editor at the York Daily Record/Sunday News in York, Pa., and am mom to two amazing kids: Samantha, 7, and Noah, 2. Being a mom has been the most rewarding and most challenging thing I have ever done, and there are plenty of days when I'm not sure how I function with so little sleep. Through whatever happens, I strive to keep my sense of humor.

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Ugh — I knew this would happen

Cool Noah
(Noah, at a happier moment)

Today when I dropped Noah off at preschool, he cried.

Sobbed. Threw himself at me. Begged me to hold him. Wailed. “Don’t leave, Mommy, don’t leave! Stay and play with me!” (which sounds like “stay n pway wis me!”)

Bonnie, his teacher, said he threw temper tantrums a couple mornings last week, running from door to door in the room and crying for me. He settled down, obviously, but it took a while.

Guilt sucks.

I remember this happening with Sammy when she was about this age. And it happened occasionally at our sitter’s, too.

But man, is it hard to walk out the door.

How do you other mommies who work outside the home handle this? What do you do when the guilt gets you down? And do you ever feel like you’re ruining your kids for life?

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