Being a great mum AND working is easier than you think!
When I decided to get married and start a family I knew something in my life had to give. My job often took me away from home, my commute was over an hour each way, my working day was long and my weekends interrupted catching up on additional workload missed during the week.
So work had to go. But there was a problem (apart from the salary!) – I loved my job and as a workaholic it was a huge part of me and my personality.
I therefore decided to try working for myself and running my own business. And looking back now ten years on, for me it was absolutely the right decision. I still get a thrill from my work and I also enjoy the flexibility it brings allowing me time for my family.
It wasn’t an easy journey and it took me a while to figure out how to succeed at both but eventually I did.
I thought back to my own childhood memories and realised while I couldn’t remember the school run or who I had breakfast with, I did recall the fantastic bits like catching crabs on holiday, Christmas day, my mum’s cooking and cuddling me in a warm towel after my bath or the treat of a mad carefree day out before we went back to school.
So, for me, being a great mum and working full-time was easier than I thought. I stopped worrying about doing all the day to day stuff and passed it over to reliable and stable childcare and au pairs leaving me free to work and then go home and do all the fun family bits.
I love bathtime, bedtime chats, reading cuddled up, totally mad birthday parties and really full on Christmases.
It works for me. What about you? What are your top tips on being a so-called supermum?