I have been a working mum since 2013. I have worked part time, full time and as of now, I am working from home as a blogger. Some days being at full time work was extremely difficult while on others it was nice to be able to sit and have a hot cup of tea without having to wipe a nose or change a bum! I know there are a heck of a lot of working mums out there, some who love it, some who hate it and others who are somewhere in the middle. I thought it would be interesting to see exactly how others feel about being a working mum and maybe we can all learn a little something about dealing with that dreaded mummy guilt!
Today we meet the lovely Carla from My Bump 2 Baby talking all things working mummy!
Tell me a little bit about who is in your family
We have George (2 years old), my husband of 2 years Dan and me (old enough), oh and Rambo the Cat.
What age were your children when you returned to work?
My son was just born when I started MyBump2Baby Family Directory and blog.
Did you return to a job away from the home or within the home?
I work from home which is really handy, however I do really miss office banter. It can get lonely working from home sometimes and I do get a bit of cabin fever now and again.
Did you choose to return or did your circumstances force you back?
I had just qualified as an accountant a couple of days before my son was born. I really believed that this was the career for me, however I started blogging when my son was born and fell in love with it. MyBump2Baby started as a hobby and by the time I was due to go back to work I was in a position where MyBump2Baby had really taken off. I decided that MyBump2Baby had a lot of potential and took the plunge to focus on that full time and it has definitely paid off.
Did you return to work full or part time?
MyBump2Baby initially was supposed to allow me to work part time but it quickly became a full time job. We have around 15,000 listings of pregnancy, baby and toddler related groups, classes and events throughout the UK, we have a new favourite blogger section on our app, our recipe section, reviews on days out, products and services. I also write blogs on parenting and lifestyle and we also sell advertising space in each town so it requires a lot of attention.
What childcare do you have in place and how did you go about choosing it?
George goes to his Nana’s one day a week and nursery 2 days a week. The remaining 2 days of the week we spend together. I work every evening and most of the weekend to make up for the 2 days I have off during the week.
What do you find the most difficult about being a working mum?
Ooo That is easy – definitely the mum guilt. I feel guilty no matter what I do. If I am working – I feel guilty I am not spending enough time with George, if I am not working – I feel guilty that I should be working harder – you literally can never win can you?
How do you deal with the working mummy guilt?
I don’t, I try my best to just get on with things. I don’t think I will ever not be a victim of mummy guilt – you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t
How did you feel when it was time to go back to work?
I entered motherhood with my MyBump2Baby blog so I guess I never knew any different.
Is your work/life balance what you want it to be or would you rather work less or more?
It is funny you ask that actually, some days I wish I had more time to work and some days I wish I could work less.
What advice would you give to a mummy heading back to work?
Don’t worry about it too much – you are bound to be nervous but think about the warm brews, the adult conversations and wearing clothes without snot on. You will probably enjoy it once you’re back in the routine, you will probably make more effort to spend time with your little one when you do get to spend time off with them.
Thanks so much for this insight into your working mum life Carla. It’s really interesting to read from someone whose new career has taken off so quickly, and how you dealt with that. It sounds like you have a great balance and I am so pleased that your site has become such a huge success.