With Nathan at the library petting zoo on my day off work
So Nathan is turning 21 months in a few days. Our lives went through a drastic change since his arrival. I got a taste of life as a SAHM, which then transitioned to a WAHM as I started working part-time from home, and then on going into the office a couple of days a week.
So where are things at now?
Well I now work three days a week as an analyst at a market research and consulting firm. The other two days are spent living out my SAHM persona, which believe or not, is more physically draining than my days at the office.
Whether for financial reasons or a desire to keep up with one’s professional/career development, many mums eventually decide to go back to work after having a baby.
Working part-time is currently the ideal arrangement for me. I love it because…
- I have time to really BE in my son’s life, to play with him, hang out with him, cook for him and just ‘mother’ him.
- I am able to keep my professional skills up to date and stay connected in my industry.
- I can get a lot of the laundry, cleaning and other housework out of the way during the week so we can spend quality time together as a family during the weekend
- It’s nice to have that additional income in our bank account for our household
There are drawbacks to working part-time (as opposed to working full-time) of course, the biggest ones for me include…
- Sometimes being forgotten or overlooked as a team member – out of sight, out of mind
- Missing out on casual office gatherings – no more after-hours drinks/hang-out time with colleagues
- Less opportunities to work on certain key projects due to my schedule
- Being passed over for advancements and promotions due to my seemingly ‘lower-value’ part-time role
- Sometimes running into grey areas working on my non-working days to meet urgent deadlines for clients
- Being out of the loop of office buzz and chit chat
Although the cons appear to outnumber the pros, the weight of the pros far outweigh the opposite end of the scale. It’s a logic that only those with children can truly comprehend.
I’m sure all parents would agree that even in the midst of sleep deprivation, a less clean house, having a more restrictive schedule, there is an inexplicable joy in the midst of all the chaos in having children that changes you to your core.
Linking up to Susan’s Motivational Monday Linky Party
Also, 7 tips on how I get organised for my work-in-office days