If you go back to (or are going back to) the same job as before you had kids, you have to think about how you’ll cope with the same hours or whether your employer will be flexible.
This week’s working mum is Jenna from Queen Mummy, who went back to the same job but with slightly less hours.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m Jenna and I live just outside Edinburgh with my husband, 20-month-old daughter and our cat, Stewie!
What do you do for a living?
I’m a PR Manager.
How many days a week do you work?
Four days a week, 9 – 5.30
Who looks after your daughter while you work?
A combination of lovely grandparents, nursery and my husband working condensed hours
Are you in the same job before you went on maternity leave?
Did you return to work on the same hours?
I’ve gone from five days a week to four. My employers are fairly flexible if I need to start late/nip home early
How long was your maternity leave?
How did you feel about returning to work?
I was ready to come back. Maternity leave felt like I was in a bubble – it wasn’t quite real. I wanted to get into a ‘normal’ routine as much as I loved being home with my daughter every day.
What do you find the hardest about being a working mum?
The guilt of feeling that I don’t spend as much time with her as I should and missing her when I’m on overnight trips (which I do quite often).
What are your favourite things about being a working mum?
I really value the time I spend with her and as a family. I love to plan weekends away and holidays and really appreciate every moment. I am also glad to be setting an example to my daughter that women can do it all!
Do you have any tips for mums thinking about returning to work after maternity leave?
The thought of returning is always worse than actually going back. Once you get into the swing of things, you’ll be fine.
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