So the summer holidays as a working mum nearly finished me off. I'm lucky I work in the public sector as flexi time comes into play and there is a general support for working mums (and dads).
A few times over the summer I did consider ringing social services and putting them in a home! Nah just kidding, I did mull over applying for a term time contract but have ruled this out. It sounds a nice idea, and financially it isn't such a drop from my usual salary over a year... but I reckon it'd make for being really busy before the leave and really busy on my return. I like work too, reckon I'd lose touch of things with a nearly seven week break, I'm a real use it or lose it girl... once after the Christmas holidays I forgot how to cut and paste!
The real reason though is.... I don't want to spend so much time with my kids... they'd drive me mad. I'm a good mum, I keep them well stimulated, I give over a lot of my time, I sit and colour, drag them back to base on those rubbish zip wire swings, I indulge their silly made up games, and genuinely I enjoy the time we have together. BUT I would less so if I didn't work. I'm not a bad person for wanting to work to get away from them, am I? Staying at home with them simply doesn't appeal, especially now they're both at full-time school.
|Taking them out on the cheap, swimming and library|
As a working woman (admittedly I'm not setting the world a blaze with my outstanding career or that) I think it's good for my daughter to see, that you can do it all, manage a work/life balance (although if I'm being honest the standard of housekeeping is poor). When I say work/life balance... I mean moaning about both in equal measures.
To make it clear though, I work part-time (30 hours a week) but I still qualify as being a FULL-TIME mum, somebody doesn't step in and job share that role when I'm at work, I still do EVERYTHING that fills the brief of parent.
Just to note, Mr C (also works full time in the building private sector) and it's a combined effort that we juggle/manage it all (in a fashion).