Looking after children AND going to work is hard. Being a working mum involves a lot of rushing around, earning less money than you used to, and feeling guilty for missing those all important milestones.
But with the aim of injecting a bit of positivity into an otherwise stressful part of life, here are 10 reasons why it is also great…
There are grown-ups to talk to
At work, you can actually have conversations that aren’t about CBeebies! If you’re lucky you’ll be able to avoid the subject of children altogether.
You get to eat lunch in peace
No little person trying to steal a bite, or sit on your lap while you’re trying to eat. You might even be able to read a magazine while you eat.
No one shouts “Muuuuuuuuum” at you for a few hours
They might shout other things, but Mum/Mummy/Mama in that whiney voice won’t be one of them.
You can go to the toilet by yourself
Alone. With no one watching.
Imagine that, drinking a cup of coffee that you haven’t had to microwave. It’s like the good old days again!
No Disney Jnr or Cbeebies
If you ask me it’s worth going to work for a few hours just to escape kids television.
Nobody wipes their nose on your clothes
Or sticky handprints all over your trousers.
YOU GET TO SIT DOWN
This is the best bit for me. Sitting at a desk, not having to get up every 5 minutes to fetch something for a child.
You have a legitimate reason to work fewer hours than everyone else
Don’t get me wrong, while there are definite advantages to going to work it’s also nice to have a good reason to finish early!
You realise you actually quite like your kids
After a day dealing with moaning customers or annoying colleagues, it’s fab to get home, see those beautiful little faces and have a nice cuddle.
See, maybe it’s not all bad!