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 Emily from Twin Mummy and Daddy.
1. Tell me about your family
I’m Emily, 28 years old and I’m married to Nigel. Together we have three year old twins who were conceived via IVF.
2. What was your job/position before you started your family?
I worked full time for an online price comparison website as a customer support officer.
3. What was your work-life balance like?
I worked Monday-Friday. Fairly short hours I guess, 8am-4.30pm everyday, which was great as it meant I had time to do things in the evenings and always had the weekend to myself.
My husband and I would go to the cinema at least once a month and we’d go out for food too.
4. How did you find being away from work when you were on maternity leave?
I loved it! I had to go on maternity leave earlier than I’d planned as I was pregnant with twins and one stopped growing.
I spent my maternity leave before the girls were born watching TV and relaxing before their birth!
I also used my maternity leave to start my blog. I started it just after the girls were born as a way to document our lives together.
5. Have you returned to some kind of work since having baby and how did you come to that decision?
Yes, I returned to the same job on a part time basis. I work two days a week.
It was an easy decision really. I’ve always worked, for as along as I could remember. I want to be a good role model to my children and working is an important of that.
6. How (if at all) has work changed since you returned (if you did)?
Oh, it’s changed in so many ways. I don’t feel as ‘in the loop’ as I did when I was full time.
I have to be updated every Monday on what I’ve missed and what’s changed (procedure wise) and I also feel as though I don’t know as many people as I used to because there are so many new people, yet being part time I don’t have the opportunity to get to know everyone.
7. Describe your work-life balance now in 3 words.
Flexible. Great. Practical.
8. This might be difficult to answer, but are you happy with your work-life balance?
Yes and no!
Yes because I only work two days a week which is great because it means I get to have a bit of time in the company of other adults and earn my own money.
No because I miss my girls like you wouldn’t believe when I’m at work and always wish I could just stay at home with them!
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