A Part-time Working Mum – Do I Really Have the Best of Both Worlds?
I hear the statement ‘you have the best of both worlds’ a lot when talking to others about my work and home life set up. I spend lovely quality time with my boy on Mondays & Tuesdays and then for the rest of the week I work and Little Man goes to nursery.
This, it seems is the perfect balance.
Before I continue, let me stress I am not moaning. I am lucky to be able to be at home with Little Man for part of the week and lucky that I do only have to work part-time. I know I am also lucky to have a job.
On one hand I couldn’t agree more with the above statement. I love the quality time I have with my boy at the beginning of the week and think both of us benefit from our set up for the rest of the week. However, I’m not sure I do have the best bits of both.
I always seem to be playing catch up.
I never feel like I am giving my best to either.
Sometimes, Little Man gets the rushed Mummy. I’m trying to fit the cleaning and the tidying into my two days at home whilst also trying to be the perfect Pinterest Mum I long to be. With the lack of naps now I find myself setting him up to play something on his own so I can get some jobs done. Then I get to work and feel like I’m playing catch up there too. Once I am back in the swing of work Rachel, it is Friday and it’s time to flip back into Mummy mode.
I want to be able to give Little Man my full focus when I am with him. I want to be able to be the career girl I used to be when I am at work without wondering if I packed everything in the nursery bag or constantly checking my phone to make sure I haven’t missed a call from nursery. This along with trying to keep a relatively organised house and life and keeping my blog going sometimes makes me feel like I’m juggling a lot of balls…not very successfully.
It seems to me there really is no perfect balance. We just muddle through the best we can. One things for sure, I try my best with both things and hopefully that is enough.
Do you work part time?