Talking to other working mums can really help you with learning some new tips and tricks for handling the hectic world of family and career.
This weeks’ working mum is the super organised Lexie from Mommy Home Manager…
Please introduce yourself…
I am a working Wisconsin mom to one 7-month-old little boy. My husband and I met in college and got married shortly after. He’s my partner in crime, and our family is priority number one. Outside of taking care of my family, some of my favourite things are coffee, wine, Pilates, yoga, and making lists 🙂
What line of work are you in?
I am the Operation and Logistics Assistant for an entertainment production company. We provide lighting, sound, staging, trucking, etc. for events ranging from concerts and festivals to corporate events to performing arts. I am mainly responsible for scheduling stage hand labour, booking travel, and any other detail to help make sure things go smoothly from the office.
How many hours do you work?
I work 40 hours at my job. M-F 8:30-5:00. That doesn’t include the hours that I spend blogging and my new adventure with my husband – a direct sales wine company. (Ask me how to get free wine if you’re interested!)
Who looks after your son while you work?
We take our son to a babysitter’s house. She is absolutely wonderful! A friend referred us to one of her friends who is a mom to three kids of her own and watches our son plus another infant. We love that our son can be a part of her family when we are not home with him.
Are you in the same line of work as before you had children?
I made a small career shift after my son was born. I worked as the stage manager and company manager for a ballet company for three years.
I loved my job at the ballet, but the hours were too much for me. I was salaried but worked more than 40 hours most weeks and up to 80 hours on show weeks. I worked later in the day too and I didn’t like not being home until 6:45 at night. My current job is very structured and closer to home. I love being home by 5:30 every day!
How quickly did you return to work after having your son?
I went back to work 10 weeks after my son was born. It was terrible timing as I went back just in time to stage manage The Nutcracker, which is a crazy production. I barely survived the month of December!
Did you want to return to work?
I always thought that I would want to be a working mom, but as I got closer to doing it, I really dreaded going back to work. I remember trying to tell my son every day that I would have to leave him soon, but I couldn’t even get the words out. I cried every time that I thought about it.
What are the hardest things about being a working mum?
I just don’t have enough time in the day to do everything that I want to. My house is never as clean as I would like it to be and I don’t cook as often as I want to. Every project that I try to get done takes weeks longer than I plan for. I am working on letting the little things go and prioritizing my time usage.
What are your favourite things about being a working mum?
I do like that at work I feel free to take care of myself. At home, I have to think about my son before I can do anything at all. I also get to have my own accomplishments and set a good example of work ethic to my son as he grows up.
What are your least favourite things about being a working mum?
The mess and lack of time. Somedays I feel like being at work is a waste of time because of all the things that I would rather be taking care of.
Do you have any tips for other working mums?
Being organized really helps. When your time is split between work life and parenting, efficiency really is key! Make lists of what you want to accomplish both at work and at home. Keep your home list with you so that instead of stressing about the things that you are forgetting to do, you can just write them down.
I know that a lot of women like to work, but some of us do it out of necessity. If you are in that list, just remember why you are working. You are doing it so that your family can afford to have the lifestyle that you want. You are doing it to set a good example for your children. You are doing it to achieve your own goals and ambitions. Don’t let the hard work scare you.
Thanks Lexie, I agree that being organised helps to get everything done!
If you’d like more tips on working and parenting then check out Lexie’s blog.