Welcome to #RealMumsWorking, a series dedicated to sharing the stories, experiences and advice of working mothers. Working mothers are a diverse breed with lots of challenges we can learn from.
Today I’m joined by Adrienne from Working Mum Cambridge. I’ve been keeping an eye on this working mum’s blog for a while as yep, you guessed it she blogs about being a working mum too. Plus she’s an older mum just like me!
Before kids I thought I’d be one of these Mum’s that wouldn’t want to leave their baby and go back to work. After having a year off and once my son passed his first birthday milestone, I was ready to go back! It was more for myself than needing the money and I changed to part time so I always have days off with my son in the week. I was slightly nervous in the beginning about returning but it soon became the norm again.
Juggling everything is a constant challenge and trying to remember things! Baby brain continues even into preschooler years. I’m not sure it will ever return. Somehow I manage to juggle everything and we make it through the week! I even find the time to work on my blog, albeit tiny time slots. I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way though, I love to be busy and love organising 🙂
Routine, routine, routine. It really is the key to making things work. We have a very good routine, work hours and nursery hours stay the same week in, week out and my husband and I share drop off and pick up. Any activities in between get slotted in. Everything gets scheduled in my phone and that is my bible of information that helps me stay on track!
The only thing I might change are the days I work to make things slightly less manic but things are pretty set in stone for the foreseeable so we just have to get on with it. Having said that, work/life balance is really great at the moment. One thing I have learnt is that you have to make things work for YOU. I’ve stepped back from making sure everyone else around me is ok with everything. If it works for me and my family then that’s all that matters 🙂
Hopefully blogging will take over my current part time job and I’ll be making enough from it to not worry. My son will be at school and there won’t be any nursery fees to pay! Yippee!
I loved reading Adrienne’s answers, because they mirror so closely what mine would be. I think many of us working parents are holding on by our nails for sanity until nursery fees are done and we can have a little more flexibility and financial freedom. Of course, we then have to worry about school runs and holidays, but I can’t worry about that too much yet.
Make sure you pop over to Working Mum Cambridge to find out more about Adrienne and more great advice and information.
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