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 Leandra at LarabeeUK.
1. Tell me about your family
I’m Leandra, a 40 year old working mum, The Hubs is Karl, a golf and football playing IT analyst and then there’s Thomas, our 3 year old son. Every other weekend we are joined by The Teens, Kelsey (16) and Hayden (14). I blog over at LarabeeUK.
2. What was your job/position before you started your family?
I was a Business Process Manager before I had Thomas.
3. What was your work-life balance like?
Work-life balance wasn’t really something we considered too much before we had Thomas, on the weekends where we didn’t have The Teens, I worked & Karl played golf. We rarely left work on time and often both worked in the evenings. Work was my life!
4. How did you find being away from work when you were on maternity leave?
I was amazed how much I loved being away from work, my sister was a stay at home mummy and it was lovely to be able to spend time with her and my nephew.
5. Have you returned to some kind of work since having baby and how did you come to that decision?
It was never a question that I would return to work, I wanted to return at the time, I had 6 months maternity leave planned and that’s what I took. In hindsight I should have had more.
6. How (if at all) has work changed since you returned (if you did)?
I was lucky in that I was allowed back into my job on a part time basis, cutting to 28 hours a week, with the option on working from home 1 day a week. I’m also on a flexible contract which means that when Thomas goes to school I can change from Mon-Thur and work Mon-Fri on reduced hours so I can drop him off at school and collect him. I’m now working 2 jobs on 2 days a week each, this is a very new thing and on a 6 month trial. I’m still struggling with working through my lunch hour though!
7. Describe your work-life balance now in 3 words.
Compromise, Challenging, Busy
8. This might be difficult to answer, but are you happy with your work-life balance?
No, I’m not happy with my work-life balance, I’d prefer to do 2 1/2 days a week but in my job it’s just not possible. We try to make the best of what we have and try and make sure that the 84 (or so) hours I spend with Thomas each week are filled with exciting memories and fun times.
9. Would you change anything about the family and work balance that you currently have?
If I was able, I’d give up work and become a full-time mummy & blogger but this simply isn’t possible.
For all the previous posts, see the #BalancingAct page.
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