When you love your job and the benefits that it brings, then it definitely makes life easier! This week’s working mum is Jade from Mummies Waiting who tells us why she loves what she does.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m Jade I’m 27 and live in Ely with my husband Ryan (28), our two daughters Kairi (4) and Naminé (2) and our mini poodle Coco. Everyone that knows me will tell you that I’m crazy about Christmas and Disney.
What line of work are you in?
I’m a Play Leader for a youth group and I’m a blogger.
How many hours do you work?
4 hours a week Play Leading and as many hours a week as I possibly can blogging.
Who looks after your kids while you work?
My mum has the girls, they get to have family time as we don’t live near (we commute 3 hours to my work).
Are you in the same job as before you had children?
I am and I absolutely love it.
How quickly did you return to work after having your children?
6 months with Kairi as my maternity leave ended that quick, I waited the full 9 months with Naminé though.
Did you want to return to work?
Yes and no. I really love my job and wanted to work, but was so scared about leaving my babies and how they would cope.
What are the hardest things about being a working mum?
Balancing my blog work with my family. With endless tweets, vlogs and posts, I feel I am always battling getting everything done but still having family time.
What are your favourite things about being a working mum?
Being able to have the freedom to give my children what they want and need. I managed to pay for a trip to Disneyland Paris all by myself and I felt so proud, it was amazing.
What are your least favourite things about being a working mum?
Saying ‘in a minute’. I feel like I say it 100 times a day because they ALWAYS seem to want me to watch them dance as I’m editing a code and never when I’m sitting down eating. I also feel as though I’m addicted to my phone, I use it so much more than I want to, but not as much as I need.
Do you have any tips for mums thinking about returning to work?
You will probably never feel ready, you just have to go for it. Ignore the guilt, I promise your baby will be fine and when you return home that first day, you will feel so proud!
You can find out more about Jade and her blog by following her on Twitter.