Working Mum: reflections on the first 12 months
|Book Sculpture: very cool|
I only work two days a week. Once I'm AT work, it's fairly straightforward. The challenge for me, especially since I'm new to the library world, is to contain my work to work hours. I do sometimes find it hard to switch off mentally. Even though I'm physically there two days, often in my head it ends being more like four. There's the day before - when I psych myself up for it again and my brain begins whirring - and then the day after - when I'm processing all that's happened in the two days. I have found that as I've got better at the job I'm not thinking about it as much which is nice.
Since I'm not home on the days I'm working I have to fit everything into the other days of the week. This makes those days quite full. I also try and cook in advance the evening meals for the days I work. Fitting in all the normal stuff is probably the aspect of working that I've found hardest to get my head around. I'm getting more used to this.
|Art work using old books: also very cool|
I say all this to encourage women who are stay-at-home mums and who might think they have nothing much to offer after many years out of the workforce. I certainly lacked a lot of confidence after being at home for 12 years, and I've totally surprised myself.
I still struggle emotionally when I miss out on things the kids are doing and the school holidays are still hard. Not enjoying being apart from the kids would be the thing that would push me back to being at home full-time. I would be very happy with a school hours job with no school holidays, but those kinds of jobs involve either being lowly paid (which means working LOTS of hours) or being in a very flexible, well paid job. Neither of these ends of the spectrum apply to my job - I'm sitting in the middle. Or go back to teaching - hmmm, not up for that yet.
I'm still working out how I feel about it all but at the moment it's going well and I'm glad for the opportunity to give it a go.