Welcome to Interview With A Working Mum – my new blog series for 2017.
As a working mum myself, and from talking to friends and other bloggers, I know how tough it can be to juggle work and family life. It’s stressful, tiring, and sometimes you feel like you’re the only one going through it.
You aren’t alone though, and I thought it would be good to bring together some working mums, so we can find out what their lives look like, what their struggles are, and how they cope with “having it all”.
Hopefully, any struggling working mums out there, or those thinking about returning to work, will feel inspired, motivated and hopefully a little less daunted by the thought of working and raising a family.
I have some great ladies lined up to take part but thought that it was only fair to start off by answering the questions myself.
So here we go with Interview With A Working Mum number 1…
First up, I’ll introduce myself…
I’m Sarah, I’m 36 and I live on the South Coast with my husband and our 5 year old daughter who we call “Little H” on the blog.
When I’m not working I’m usually spending time with my family, we love to get out and explore our local beaches and countryside. I also love reading, films, holidays and of course social media and blogging.
What line of work are you in?
I work for a property company in Bournemouth where I look after the websites for several estate agency brands, along with various other aspects of Digital Marketing.
I’m also a Digital Marketing Freelancer and look after the social media accounts, blogs, and email newsletters for small businesses.
How many hours per week do you work?
I’ve changed this a few times since returning to work, starting with 16 hours when Little H was a baby and I’m now working 31 hours a week spread over 5 days while she’s at school.
Are you in the same job/line of work as before you had your children?
Yes, I’m in exactly the same job and have been there for almost 10 years.
The freelance work is fairly new though, I started then about 2 years ago to make up for the income lost now I’m no longer full time.
How quickly did you return to work after having your children?
Little H was 8 months old when I went back to work. I only went back for 3 days per week – 2 in the office and 1 from home so it wasn’t too bad to begin with. I’ve gradually upped my hours as she’s got older, luckily my boss has been very accommodating with my requests to keep changing my hours!
Who looks after your child while you are at work?
Now Little H is at school we just need breakfast club in the mornings and after school club one day a week.
Before she started school she was between my parents, my inlaws and nursery when I was at work.
Did you want to return to work?
There wasn’t ever a question about me not returning to work as we couldn’t do without my salary, but I would have liked a bit longer at home, maybe 12 months.
I know that I could never have been a SAHM though, I’d have gone a bit crazy just talking babies all day long.
What are the hardest things about being a working mum?
Just fitting everything in!
Little H is at school so we have the school runs to do, then there’s the food shopping, house work, after school clubs, birthday parties and obviously spending some quality time with her. There just isn’t enough hours in the day for everything and I fall into bed shattered every night.
What are your favourite things about being a working mum?
One of the best things is that we have enough money with my salary that we can go on days out and lovely holidays with Little H. Without a second salary we would be able to pay the bills but nothing else. Money isn’t the be all and end all, but it’s nice to be able to have lots of fun as a family when we aren’t at work and school.
It is also nice to have a life away from the house and kids, something that’s your own and that keeps your brain active.
What are your least favourite things about being a working mum?
Not so much now, but before Little H started school I felt so guilty for leaving her with relatives or nursery while I went to work. You get to the point where you realise that you see more of your colleagues than your child! It’s not so bad now she’s at school as I’m there to pick her up 4 out of 5 days.
Do you have any tips for other working mums, or for mums returning to work?
I think my biggest tip would be to be organised! You need to get as much as possible sorted the night before so that you’re not rushing around in the morning.
My other tip would be to try to remember that you are doing this for your family. Think about all the things that working will enable you to do with your kids. That helped me to feel less of the “mum guilt” about being away from my child.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this first interview in this new series, next week we have an English mum living in Australia who will be talking about her unusual working setup.
If you’d like to take part in Interview With A Working Mum just drop me an email.
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