Browsing Tag: motherhood

Working mum stigma 

I love my daughter and my job and there’s no reason why I can’t have both. But there is a certain stigma that comes with being a working mum. There are three things in particular that bother me…

#babiesatwork

When I finished work for maternity leave (if 10 days counts as maternity leave) I didn’t plan to return to work within a matter of weeks with my new baby girl in tow. I didn’t plan to give up working altogether – I’d studied for six years to get my degree and had worked hard at my job. I also loved working – it was (and still is) a…

The loneliness of motherhood

I wrote here about how being a mum has made me the happiest I have ever been in my life.  It’s true, on the whole I am so happy.  But something in me isn’t quite right. I’m sure hormones are partly to blame; but honestly, I think I’m lonely.  It sounds odd – how can I be lonely? I have my baby girl, my husband, family, close…

Give yourself time to be you

At my baby shower my friends bought a wish jar and asked everyone to write a wish for my baby and I. There were lots of wishes of health and happiness, but it is this wish that stood out the most to me and the one which really struck a chord: ‘I wish that you remember who you are + give yourself time to be you! Keep happy beautiful’ I keep this wish as…

A letter to the stranger I met on the train

Dear Stranger, It was so lovely to chat with you today. Thank you for sharing a little snippet of your life. I enjoyed talking about how you were running late as you’d forgotten to set your alarm, having turned it off for the public holiday. How you rushed to get your children ready. How your son pooped without his nappy on, resulting in an emergency bath when you were already late (typical!). About…

Mother Zen

While I was pregnant my husband Jack bought me Jacinta Tynan’s book Mother Zen. I don’t believe in parenting ‘how-to’ books, but Mother Zen became by bible.  Jacinta quickly became my working-mum role model, a post that I was lacking and one I was so desperate to fill. I don’t have many friends with children, let alone friends with children and careers. Jacinta showed me that it was possible…