If you think being a working mum is hard, try being a student mum at the same time! I can’t imagine juggling both of those roles, but my latest working mum manages it…
Tell us a bit about you…
My little family is made up of my partner Rob, myself and our six-month-old Amelia. We have two guinea pigs and a wonderful apartment. My blog is Titchy Princess
What do you do for a living?
I am a student studying applied criminology and I work part-time for Tesco. Not particularly glamorous but it pays the bills.
How many hours do you work?
I am a full-time student and am currently in two days a week. I return to Tesco int he new year and will be working three days a week, a total of twenty hours.
Who looks after your child while you work?
Whilst I am at uni Amelia spends time with her nanny and her daddy. If my partner is working then Amelia is looked after by my Mum and if he isn’t then Amelia spends the time with her dad.
Are you in the same job before you went on maternity leave?
Yes, I went on maternity leave from work and university and have returned to the same places.
Did your employer change anything to make things easier when you return?
Tescos are going to change my hours to fit around my partners so that Amelia won’t need to go to nursery or a babysitter. My university haven’t changed my timetable but they have allowed me a lot of wiggle room with regards to which lectures I attend and having deadlines extended – although I haven’t used this privilege yet as I don’t think it’s fair on the students without children. It was my choice to have Amelia and as nice as it is that my university are understanding I don’t want to take advantage.
How long was your maternity leave?
I had a lot of health problems whilst pregnant so went on maternity leave at 32 weeks. It seems so long ago writing about it now.
How did you feel about returning to work and uni?
Returning to university was daunting. I’m a couple of years older than a lot of the students and very few of them have children. It was nice to spend time around other adults.
What do you find the hardest about being a working mum?
The hardest part is spending time away from Amelia. She’s still quite small and I dread leaving her but I know she is happy with her dad.
What are your favourite things about being a working mum?
The best part is being financially comfortable and coming home to her little face. She is always full of smiles when either me or her dad come home. Amelia makes everything worthwhile.
Do you have any tips for other mums thinking about returning to work after maternity leave?
Do your best, that’s all you can do. Try and be organised and make arrangements in advance, pack bags and lunches the night before. I always pack Amelia’s bag the evening before she is going to spend the day with her nanny as it makes the morning easier. It may be hard to start with to find the balance but always try and leave work stress at work and enjoy the time you spend with your little ones at home.