What is it really like being a working mum?
If you’re one yourself then you’ll know – it’s an endless amount of rushing around doing things for other people all day, before collapsing into bed at night.
If you’re not a working mum, then maybe you’ve made a ‘part-timer’ comment to a working mum or wondered why they’re so tired all the time. Read on and find out…
A day in the life of a working mum
06:30 – Get up before everyone else so you can do your hair & makeup in peace.
07:00 – Go downstairs to feed the cat and end up clearing the mess up in the kitchen from last night.
07:10 – Iron your work clothes and child’s school uniform because I didn’t do it last night – husband can do his own ironing!
07:15 – Husband is still snoring so make as much noise as possible. Ignore child moaning she’s hungry – we pay £3.50 for someone else to give her breakfast before school starts!
07:20 – Shout at husband to get up and child to get dressed while you finish your make-up as something interrupted you earlier – probably the child wanting a drink or the cat pestering you to be fed.
07:25 – Test child on her spellings that you’ve had a week to learn but totally forgot about.
07:30 – Shout at child to get dressed again and write in her reading record as you forgot to do that last night.
07:35 – Shout at child to get dressed AGAIN and warn her that she’ll be going to school in her pants if she doesn’t hurry up. Shout at husband too as he’s still in the shower.
07:40 – Remember child needs a sandwich for her lunch so get husband do it while you find missing school shoe. Remind child for 37th time to brush her teeth.
07:45 – Shove husband and child out the door with a reminder that breakfast club has already started.
07:50 – At last a peaceful house. Make your own lunch, pack an after-school snack for child so don’t get moaned at as soon as she comes out the school gate.
07:55 – Tidy up a bit so the house doesn’t resemble a bombsite – pick up pyjamas, towels and toys that have been left all over the floor.
08:00 – Leave for work later than you should. Sit in traffic for 30 mins and run into the office with seconds to spare feeling like you’ve already done a day’s work.
08:30 – Eat breakfast at your desk because you didn’t have time to eat it at home.
12:30 – Eat lunch at your desk because as a “part-timer” you don’t get a lunch break.
2:15 – Get ready to turn off computer and leave work for the school run.
2:25 – Actually leave work as answered a phone call / email / question from a colleague. Fake smile when a colleague makes a ‘part-timer’ comment about you having an “afternoon off” while they all have to stay at work.
2:25 – 2:40 – Sit in traffic remembering all the things you didn’t get chance to get finished at work today. Despite part-time hours you don’t have any less duties.
2:40 – Fight other mums for a parking space as near to school as possible in a scene reminiscent of the Hunger Games.
2:45 – 3:00 – Do ‘admin’ on your phone such as making phone calls and appointments and answering emails.
3:00 – Walk down to school, this takes a while as you’ve had to park miles away since the SAHM’s get the best parking spaces at least an hour before the end of school.
3:10 – Wait outside school making small talk with other mums until the bell goes.
3:15 – Go to supermarket / post office / complete any other errands you need to get done whilst dragging around a child who’s moaning “this is boring”.
4:00 – Get home, feed child another snack, feed cat, set child up with some kind of entertainment and embark on the housework in between answering a million questions about Minecraft / alpacas / general knowledge of a 7-year-old
5:00 – Finish housework and start on child’s dinner after offering them 15 different meal options.
5:45 – Tidy up dinner things and persuade (bribe) child to get in the bath.
6:00 – Husband is home. Let him take over bath & hairwashing whilst you tidy up again (how does it get so messy?!).
7:00 – Start bedtime routine, negotiating with husband who’s going to read with child. Answer a million questions, get them a drink, search for the teddy they’ve lost, answer more questions.
7:30 – Finally child has stopped talking, pick up the clothes, underwear, toys etc they’ve scattered across the house.
7:45 – Start dinner whilst shouting at child to go back up to bed.
8:15 – Eat dinner absolutely starving as you’ve not eaten since lunchtime.
8:45 – Finally sit down on the sofa (first time since you left work 6 hours ago!). Open laptop and do some work whilst watching Netflix.
10:00 – Have great intentions to turn the TV off, make packed lunches, iron clothes and get things ready for the morning but carry on watching another episode of latest Netflix series and don’t actually get anything ready for the morning.
10:30 – Turn TV off and head upstairs to bed. Take make-up off, brush teeth, tidy bathroom.
10:40 – Remember the child doesn’t actually have a clean jumper/shirt/skirt for tomorrow and go and put a load of laundry in the washing machine.
10:45 – Sit playing on your phone whilst you wait for the quick wash to finish
11:15 – Put washing in the tumble dryer and head back up to bed.
11:20 – Check on child and remind yourself how cute she is when quite and asleep. Finally crawl into bed next to snoring husband and contemplate smothering him with a pillow.
11:30 – 11:45 – Get up several times to do things you’ve suddenly remembered you’d forgotten. This usually includes signing school forms or finding random items for school events.
Midnight – Finally fall asleep to the thought that you have roughly 6 hours before you have to start over again.
No wonder we’re permanently exhausted!
If you’re a working mum does your day look similar to this?