While I understand that the decision for any mum to stay at home or return to work is a very personal one that each family has to evaluate and decide for themselves based on their own circumstances, I wanted to hear from individual mothers about their personal story. It was an honour to share Julie's story last month. Today, Melinda shares her experience as a part time working mum of 20 month old Millie.
|Melinda and Millie|
I'm a working Mum. Not by choice, but by need.
That's not to say I don't love my job, but if I had my way I would much rather be a stay-at-home Mum. I'm grateful that I have the flexibility of working part-time. Five days a fortnight. Just enough to assist with our mortgage and 'keep my foot in the door' so to speak. We considered many things upon my return to work, the main things being our financial security, my career options and most importantly Millie's care and well being. Financially, me returning to work after having Millie was the best decision for our family.
I'm grateful that I only have to work part-time but it still requires a great deal of planning and organising. Currently, Millie attends daycare one day a week and spends the other days with either my husband or my Mum. We have a good work/life balance and I honestly think Millie's attendance at daycare has done her a world of good, socially.
I try to be as organised as possible on the days that I work in order to reduce the stress and mayhem that often accompanies those days. I prepare lunches and pack bags the night before. I make and freeze meals on the weekend for use on work nights and I get up early to organise myself before Millie rises. It definitely takes some getting use too - some days are still a struggle - but I manage it the best that I can.
I really do admire those wonderful women who can juggle a full-time job and a family. Me, I just couldn't do it, and I hope I never have too.
Motherhood is.....one of life's greatest challenges and greatest joys, all rolled into one.
Thanks Melinda for your input and for being so open and honest about it all. I think you're doing a great job of juggling work and home life. Sweet Millie is so lucky to have a great mama like you!