Thursday, 24 April 2014

The dilemmas of the working mum

One of my biggest dilemmas as a working mum is figuring how to make the most of 25 days annual leave across half term holidays, Easter and the Summer.
Balancing the odd days, or taking whole weeks, not being able to take any leave due to the holidays falling in a claim period.

There is nothing worse than knowing that whilst you're sat working, your children are discovering new parks without you.

To be baffled by a MMS on your way home from London, explaining how, on a whim- "we went out to get her hair cut, but they were busy, but they had a flyer for the circus"- your daughter has been for a ride on a camel.

And the best you can do, on working from home days, is to make sure there is hot chocolate awaiting their return from the park.

Then there are the days.
When it has been decided that the present you forgot to get for your daughter's 5th birthday, but it's ok because Mr J remembered, was the first fishing rod.
 Which is would seem was a good choice.
 And little fishes were caught.
And from little fishes comes confidence.
And who would have known, that the nature reserve a short walk from your home, is not just any nature reserve.
Because there's a reason there are no boats on the reserve.
Big Bad Barry!

And, you know what, if it had been my day off, it would never have happened.
Sometimes life keeps it's own answers.
And you can just enjoy the high!

24 comments:

  1. Haha love her video, she caught an evil! Aww bless you, it must be tough and I would be very jealous of my children's Dad but glad they were with him and having fun.

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  2. Oooh we have that pig plate. Must be hard, as it is tough enough just working from home for me.

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  3. Life is always a balancing act, and it seems like they are having wonderful fun when you are working! I have been both a SAHM and a working mum, and there are advantages and disadvantages to both I think!

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  4. it's always so hard to balance everything isn't it! x

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  5. Balancing work and mamahood is hard, I work from home, but it's still tricky to get it all done! x

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  6. It must be really hard to leave your children, I haven't had to yet x

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  7. Can't imagine how hard it is to balance it all!x

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  8. I remember the battle at work to get time off in the holidays so you could spend time with your children. It is very hard maintaining a balance between the 2.

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  9. Balancing work and life is hard. Parenting is the hardest job in the world and you are lucky your children are with people that love them whilst you work

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  10. I only work part time so can't imagine how hard it is to leave your children for longer. I wish i had more time to do things with my daughter x

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  11. i love the vid and yes your right it is tough but you know she looks great and what your giving her is prob more than most your a brill mum

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  12. It is so hard trying to get the perfect balance lovely post xx

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  13. It must be so hard missing out on things and trying to find the right balance between it all. Really makes me appreciate the fact that i get to spend everyday with my boys. (although most nights are spent working away on blogging work til the early hours! lol) xxx

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  14. As a SAHM I struggle to entertain my children 24/7, there are as many highs as there are lows.

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  15. I'm impressed at Mr J - Mr T would not be nearly so organised! Juggling work and family is hard xx

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  16. I felt the exact same way when i had to go back to work after both my girls were born. x

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  17. It is hard. I remember when I returned to work when my eldest was nearly 3 I was lucky that there was a nursery on site so I got to take him with me but I know that work andy career did take over. After I had the twins I couldn't bring myself to go back x

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  18. Bless, it is such a struggle to know whats best but life really does throw up its own answers

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  19. I hated it when i worked full time as hubby and i used to have to attempt to cover as much of the holidays as possible between us as we couldn't afford the childcare. It really was a struggle and i don't envy anyone having to do it now

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  20. I know just what you mean! One of the many reasons I opted to be a SAHM. Great catch, btw:-)

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  21. I'm lucky that F is not regimented by school holidays yet, I must say that a hot chocolate and marshmallows are our fave. x

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  22. Ah, I do feel for you, but am impressed with your OH that at least you get photos of the good times! Very impressed with those fishes! x

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  23. full time work and kids do not go well together but hey, we all have to work and try to do the best we can with the time we have off work

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