A decent work/life balance is something every working mum strives for. Enough time at work to bring home a decent salary and keep your brain active, but not so much that you miss out on your children growing up.
We don’t all manage to balance everything but this week’s guest blogger in my Interview With A Working Mum series has managed to get her work/life balance just right for her family…
Please Introduce yourself…
I am Lucy from Real Mum Reviews and I live just outside of Birmingham with my partner Mike and my two daughters, who are 3.5 years and 4 months.
What line of work are you in?
I am currently on maternity leave but my normal day job is in Human Resources, mainly around HR projects and graduate recruitment which I love.
How many hours do you work?
I am incredibly lucky as part time HR jobs are pretty rare. I work 22.5 hours a week across 3 days.
Who looks after your children while you work?
A combination of a private preschool and grandparents
Are you in the same job as before you had children?
Yes, I returned to my previous role only on a part time basis, I put in a flexible working request and spent a lot of time ensuring my application was as flexible as possible for my employer. I was over the moon when it was agreed. I do work ‘odd’ days – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday rather than 3 days in a row as this worked better within the team.
How quickly did you return to work after having children?
I had a whole year off.
Did you want to return to work?
Yes, I was sad to be leaving my daughter at the time, but I missed adult company and using my brain!!!
What are the hardest things about being a working mum?
When your child is upset or poorly and just wants their mum.
What are your favourite things about being a working mum?
Work life balance, and adult company. I also love my job, so I feel lucky that I get to do both and give my full attention to the children on the days I am at home.
What are your least favourite things about being a working mum?
Missing out on stay and plays, and not having enough hours in day. When my eldest was little I would only see her for about 30mins before bed on work days 🙁 I missed her little face!!
Do you have any tips for other mums thinking about returning to work after maternity leave?
It’s never as bad as you think it will be when the day is approaching. If your child is starting nursery, I would recommend starting settling in sessions a little earlier, whilst you are still off work. That way, if there are any tears (from you!) they can be done in comfort of your own home and not in front of colleagues who might not understand!
Good tip on the settling in sessions! If you’d like to find out more about Lucy you can check out her blog.
To take part in this series just drop me an email for more info.
See you next week for another awesome working mum!