The Invisible Work of Motherhood

Exhausted person holds head in hands.
Photo credit: MissMayoi via Flickr Commons

Like many Americans, I grew up believing that success is a direct result of productivity, that succeeding means achieving big goals, accomplishing difficult tasks, and producing high-quality work consistently and constantly. To be honest, I’m not sure I fully realized this was something I believed until I couldn’t do those things — I couldn’t work. I’m not talking about taking a sick day, or even a week or two, but being physically…