I'm glad to see this thread and I think it certainly belongs in Parenting Issues, fwiw... I also would love to see a Working Mothers forum, but I wouldn't hold our breaths! IMO Mothering has for a long time needed to address the issue of working moms... just as the AP community at large thinks that the women's movement ignored or bashed SAHMs, so the AP community now ignores or bashes WOHMs. How silly and ironic.
I've been all of it... SAHM for the first six months, WOHM for the next three, then WAHM for the next four, then part-time WOHM for the next three, which brings us to... now! My part-time job is about to end and I'll be a WAHM once again, and looking forward to it.
I have to admit I have so many mixed feelings on this subject... I've always been a rabid defender of working moms, but my own careerist feminism took a real blow when I had a child. I saw that she thrived, blossomed, bloomed with happiness when we were together, when I wasn't working outside the home. Thanks to rent control I was able to indulge that feeling and quit my job to be with her. I'll never regret that. I love that she hasn't had to cry for me, see me always leaving (that stuff hurt when I was WOH), that I haven't had to deal with the daycare stuff or the nanny stuff. I figure I can always get career back but I can't always get her babyhood back.
That said, I realize not everyone wants to or has the choice to stay home or work from home, or even work part-time, and I hate all the bashing of working mamas!
Especially since AP offers SUCH great tools for working moms!!
Anyway, selfishly, I'm so much more tired when I'm working! There's so much less time for ME... none, in fact. I was either working or mommying, 100% of the time. Working from home is great because when she's with her dad, I can work but then go out and have lunch by myself, shop, see friends, whatever--I really miss that when I'm WOH.