Being a working Mum is hard. Like, really flippin’ hard. You’re expected to turn up to work and function like a normal human being no matter the situation you left behind at home.
Working full time and coming home to a child everyday is probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do.
But there is a silver lining. There are definitely some areas in which being a working Mum is easier than being a stay at home Mum.
And here’s how:
- Lunch and tea breaks. When you work an 8 hour day, you HAVE to take 1x half hour break and 2x ten minute breaks. You actually get to sit down and eat a full meal, from start to finish. No wiping up spilt drinks, or getting a bigger fork, or even having to wipe someones bottom because they’ve decided it is at THAT moment that they need to use the bathroom.
- Toilet breaks. If you need to go to the toilet, you get up from your desk and you go to the toilet. And you get to go without an audience. It’s pretty flippin’ amazing!
- Adult conversation. It’s true, as a stay at home mum you do often get to partake in adult conversation, you know at play groups, the park, the local swimming pool. It goes a little bit like this, “Oh yes, I loved that movie…sip hot coffee... honey don’t touch that…. especially the bit where the they… I said don’t go there honey… sip warm coffee... what was I saying. Oh yes, the film… WHAT DID I SAY… I loved the bit of the film where she fought the z o m b i e s… sip cold coffee… shit my coffee is cold… no honey I said ship, it’s cold like a ship…”
- A reason to get dress in the morning. Like everyone, I love a good pants off Sunday. But more than that, I love getting dressed up. I love fashion, and I love having a reason to dress up every day.
- Appreciating the time with your child. When I was a stay at home Mum, I definitely took the time with my son for granted. I mean, heck, I had so much of it. But when I went back to work, I realised how much I actually liked being around him. Instead of rushing him to bed bang on 7PM, I found myself wanting to keep him up an extra 15 minutes just to spend time with him. Our time together is now so much more valuable and I am really glad I realised this before he starts school, so that next year (when I go back to life as a stay at home Mum) I really bask in our time together.
Being a working Mum is hard work, and I am so looking forward to starting maternity leave and being a stay at home Mum in 2016. But I am under no illusions, being a full time Mum is bloody tough and there are a lot of things I am going to miss about being a working Mum!
What do you love/ miss most about your job?