Balancing Act … Rock and Roll Pussy Cat

LogoI 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 Cat from Rock and Roll Pussy Cat.

  1. Tell me about your family

I’m Cat, I’m 30 and live in the North East with my Hubby Martin and our 15 month old son Eli.

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2. What was your job/position before you started your family?

A Police dispatcher working 7am-7pm or 7pm-7am shifts. I was also studying.

  1. What was your work-life balance like?

Not too bad. I worked hard but days off were fun and I enjoyed relaxing and spending time with friends.  I was also studying towards a degree before I had my son.

  1. How did you find being away from work when you were on maternity leave?

I loved it! I was off for a year and enjoyed bonding with my son. I did have off days where I missed adult company but I enjoyed being away from the stressful environment of work.

  1. Have you returned to some kind of work since having baby and how did you come to that decision?

I’ve returned to my job but with a very slight change in hours to facilitate childcare. I didn’t really have a great deal of choice due to my husbands working hours. Work weren’t keen to help with a change in hours but my only other option would have been to leave.

  1. How (if at all) has work changed since you returned (if you did)?

I feel less wrapped in work and the politics that go with it. I go to work, do my job and come home. My life at home is more important now.

  1. Describe your work-life balance now in 3 words.

A bloody nightmare!

  1. This might be difficult to answer, but are you happy with your work-life balance?

No. I struggle to get a decent amount of sleep which I feel affects my relationship with both Hubby and son. I feel I’m always playing catch up with life, cleaning, shopping, days out, family fun are all ruled by my nightmare shifts and lack of sleep.

  1. Would you change anything about the family and work balance that you currently have?

Yes and I have done. I am finally going onto part time hours in four weeks time. It’s been a nightmare to get sorted and I have no idea how we will manage with money but as a family we can’t carry on the way we are.

Details

Website: www.rockandrollpussycat.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Catherine212

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rockandrollpcat?ref=hl

Google+: https://plus.google.com/114785669027641775790/posts

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/catty212/


For all the previous posts, see the #BalancingAct page.

If you think you’d like to get involved in this feature and share your story, please leave a comment, tweet me @mamavsteacher or email me mamavsteacher@outlook.com.

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