A lot of parents work. Parenting takes a lot of work. A lot of parents deserve this award so I am going to struggle to create a post that both conveys my immense gratitude at being nominated and my pride and respect for every other working parent out there that has one foot in the playground and one in the office…Hats off to everyone else that heads off to work with porridge in their hair and Lego in their pockets.
I am late writing this post, actually I am in my pyjamas hastily typing from a sofa bed somewhere in Wimbledon desperately trying to find Wi-Fi (I am not a city girl). I took two days off work and left my son with the OH (for the first time) and came for a fleeting and rare friend visit in the big smoke. It is good to take a break from juggling so many brightly coloured balls. Why is this relevant? I had a time-out because I have been struggling with being an at-work mummy recently so this nomination comes at a perfect time, it’s like a digital cuddle that says, you are doing ok. Actually you are frigging amazing and deserve a snickers.
I don’t talk a lot about my job on my blog, you won’t see me describing what I do..mainly because the nature of the role is sensitive, emotive and not easily paired with talking about Superhero’s and sleepless nights. Work is challenging and complex but rewarding. I like not wearing pyjamas for a while, my workmates do not wipe their noses on my sleeve. I don’t iron my jacket and often eat Kids munch bunch for lunch. My job is a part of me, like Leo is. I love both. I take pride and reward from my work, just as I do parenting. I went back when he was 8 months old, then a necessity as I was a single parent. It has not always been easy and somehow I squeezed a Masters in the middle. Mum’s are multitasking ninjas. I say this as I think some people perceive that when you become a parent you become less. It made me more, more determined, more hardworking, more efficient on less sleep. I have wept over articles where people debate mothers returning to work that suggest children are worse off for it.
I now work part time, flexible working, so get the best of both worlds. Or on gloomy days feel like I am getting a meagre grey sliver of both, never fully in one and striving for balance. After the school drop off its straight to work and after work its straight to school with a quick breath in the middle. I fight to overcome the guilt that all parents face but none deserve. My own mother, a single parent worked hard and I fondly recall playing racehorses on her ergonomic desk chair when she took me in on sick days.
I know full time SAH parents and full time at the office with coffee parents.
We are all extraordinary.
So yes, not a concise vote driven nomination post. I will work on my campaign strategy…give out biscuits or something…A shout out to all parents, a high five to working parents and a timid pat on the back to myself.
Vote for me if you like, I would be ridiculously flattered, but please vote in general to pay tribute (not hunger games style) to the kick ass people in these awards.