Maria Reid video tribute surprised with thanks and praise.
Working mom Maria Reid is a nurse practitioner at United Psychology Center and a mom to five children. She balances her work and education with maintaining her children’s schedules and cooking meals for them every night, but she often doesn’t feel like it’s enough.
“When I have to enroll them at eight weeks, I feel bad. Even the daycare is like, ‘Are you sure you don’t want to stay home with your child some more?’ and I wish I could, but unfortunately, I just can’t,” says Maria Reid.
Maria Reid and her husband Harold both work to support their family.
“It’s tough mentally because I want to be present for my kids 24/7,” explains Maria Reid.
Primrose Schools, a national early education and child care provider, created an initiative to combat “mom guilt.”
“Parental guilt is a feeling that so many of us can relate to, and is much too common among today’s parents. I felt it as a young, working mother, too, which is why this gesture brought me to tears all these years later. Social media can amplify parental insecurities, so Primrose Schools wanted to offer a message of reassurance that would encourage parents everywhere to let go of their guilt,” explains Jo Kirchner, CEO of Primrose Schools.
Primrose Schools asked Reid and four other Atlanta-area moms to participate in a research study about working moms. However, this “candid-camera” style interview was a setup to surprise these moms with a video tribute from their family and friends.