March 2019

Many a mum I know have the same dream. To keep their kids and family happy and healthy and find a good balance between work and family life. The mums I talk to say the same thing. I need to go back to something….(to work) so I can use my brain that seems to have been all caught up in timing feeds, monitoring food and liquid input and output and did I mention the constant need to talk about baby poo? From colour, to consistency to frequency not to mention ‘poo throughs’ and projectile movements. It’s quite intriguing that new parent conversation becomes dominated by details of faecal matter isn’t it?!! So most mums of my generation are in the same boat. They long to rediscover their career identity and work towards challenges that don’t necessarily involve their children at all. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re a mum who loves nothing more than to stay home and be a mum and talk with your babies and nurture and teach them day in day out, I can only take my hat off to you if this is how you plan to fill your days. I couldn’t do it full time. I longed for a balance. I wanted a career that gave me purpose but also the necessary flexibility to be able to change things up if I needed to. I wanted to be there for the school assembly presentations, athletics and swim meets, so I could watch and cheer my daughter on and have her remember that I was there for her. Being out of the workforce myself for quite some time after we had our baby meant I was a little daunted by the thought of returning to work. I liked the idea of the social interaction and being able to...

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