22nd March 2020 • 5 min read
Just after my son was born, I remember being so jealous of everyone going to work. I couldn’t understand why at the time, but looking back, now I realise it was probably because my whole world had changed. I was craving normality. Once you become a parent, you have to find your new normal. Even so, I knew right there, right then, that I definitely wanted to return to work after my maternity leave.
I’m a part-time working mum. I have two children – a boy (four) and a girl (one) – ‘a pigeon pair’ as my dad likes to call them. They are amazing children and I love them dearly, but yes, I have considered running away to the circus once or twice.
Luckily, Torpedo is a great place to work, and I believe working mums have a lot to offer any company. Usually, time away from children is limited (and becomes very precious), so it’s important it’s used wisely. Most working mums that I know are (and have to be) super-efficient, very conscientious and resilient. They also have great people skills (playgroups and playgrounds are battlegrounds – navigate those and you can deal with anyone).
I know returning to work is not for everyone though. Everyone deals with motherhood differently and going back to work may not be right for some. Financial commitments aside, no-one should feel under pressure to return to a job that isn’t a right fit for them, or their family. However, if you can get the balance right and keep at least one or two of the plates spinning, I do believe you can find a happy medium.
It’s great to work alongside the other mums at Torpedo who all experience the same work/life juggling act. Torpedo’s ‘SuperMums’ have the strength, tenacity and sense of humour to get through the good and the bad days. They also give great advice – see what they have to say about being a working mum below:
We’d like to give a big shout out to all working mums juggling their many responsibilities, particularly in these challenging times. You rock!