I have been fascinated by the reactions that people have had to me when I was on maternity leave, when I was getting ready to go back to work, and now that I am back at work. I find that some people are very judgemental about how they expect families to work. Well, I’ve got news for you everyone, we’re all different, we all have different needs and that is one of the amazing things about us.
My aim is to share the stories of families of all different types and spread the word that we are all playing a #BalancingAct to get through and raise our little people the best way we can. Let’s celebrate the diversity between our families, let’s not judge each other.
So, this week it’s over to Jess from Mummyofboygirltwins.
1. Tell me about your family
I am Jess, Mummy to boy & girl twins Harry & Lottie, who are now 2. I have been married to Dave for 6 years. I am a former HR Manager, and career woman, turned Stay-at-Home Mum. Life is busy! We all live together in the countryside (except sadly I don’t have an AGA!). I like running, fashion, shopping, home and interiors. I am currently a freelance writer, and blogger.
2. What was your job/position before you started your family?
I gained a Master degree in Business, and then joined the HR profession. I was a Human Resources Manager for a manufacturing company before leaving to raise the twins. It was a senior role and I throughly enjoyed it.
3. What was your work-life balance like?
My Hubby has a senior role within his organisation, and as a SAHM I focus purely on the children, and this gives us the best work/life balance for our family.
4. How did you find being away from work when you were on maternity leave?
At first I missed the buzz, the people, the community and the challenge – however I had waited several years to get pregnant and have children (we had to go through IVF to have the twins) and so I was very ready for the next phase of my life. However, there are still times now that I don’t feel as though I have the same sense of ‘worth’ that I had when I worked. Freelance writing and blogging has changed this though and given me a new focus and outlet.
5. Have you returned to some kind of work since having baby and how did you come to that decision?
Just writing and blogging, which I can do around the twins and as they nap. It doesn’t pay half as well as before (!) however it is more for the love of writing and to do something for me that I do it.
6. How (if at all) has work changed since you returned (if you did)?
I haven’t returned but I am very happy with my current situation.
7. Describe your work-life balance now in 3 words.
For Hubby and I it is – perfect, happy and ideal.
8. Would you change anything about the family and work balance that you currently have?
Nope!! But ask me again in a year 😉
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