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, trying to balance everything and feeling guilty for missing those all important milestones.
Whether you go to work outside the home, are a work from home mum or run your own business there are lots of struggles for working mums.
But with the aim of injecting a bit of positivity into an otherwise stressful part of life, I have put together a list of reasons why being a working mum is also great. Here are my 10 best things about being a working mum…
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 talking about children altogether.
You get to eat lunch in peace
No little person trying to steal a bite, or sitting on your lap while you’re trying to eat. You might even be able to read a magazine while you eat your lunch.
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 annoying kids’ television programmes for a while.
Nobody wipes their nose on your clothes
Or sticky handprints all over your trousers. And a few times a week you actually get to dress like a proper grown up.
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 or get endless snacks.
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 and see those beautiful little faces and have a nice cuddle.
See, maybe it’s not all bad! What are your favourite things about being a working mum?