Being a Working Mum: 17 Things to Enjoy!

Whether or not to return to work as a mother is always going to be a hot topic of debate, so I thought I’d look at the positive sides of the matter. Personally, I love being a working mum and at this moment in time, I couldn’t picture myself feeling any other way.

Of course, I do miss my boy when we’re apart, but I know he has a blast at nursery and I (secretly) enjoy having a bit of my own independence.

  1. It’s a day off from dirty nappies!
  2. You get that ‘Friday Feeling’ again. I know when I was off, the weekends just weren’t quite as exciting, as they were mostly like any other day.
  3. Enjoy your coffee while it’s still hot! And maybe even your lunch too.
  4. Embrace the chance to ‘dress to impress’. Wear that dry-clean-only jacket without the fear of getting yoghurt smeared all over it, woohoo!
  5. It allows you to maintain your own independence.
  6. Improves your family’s finances.
  7. Say goodbye to baby brain. Hopefully some different challenges during the work day can help to clear the brain-fog.
  8. You get to use your own handbag again.
  9. Peaceful toilet breaks, nuff said…
  10. You can continue to aspire to your own goals relating to your career or business.
  11. Adult conversation makes a change to chatting about poo, so that’s got to be good!
  12. You learn to make the most of your time off.
  13. Your baby learns a different set of social skills and independence when away from you.
  14. It will teach your child about ever evolving gender roles. Our roles around the home have changed a lot over the last 50 years. It’s now not uncommon for Mums to work part-time or full-time, and for Dads to chip in with the housework.
  15. This study by Harvard University, has shown that it may help sons grow up to be more empathetic.
  16. The same study has also shown that daughters were more likely to work in higher supervisory roles as adults.
  17. It all counts towards your pension. Boring I know, but it’s true!
Photo by Christina Morillo

The decision to be a working mum is a personal one, with so many points to consider. There’s really no right or wrong way to go about it, just do whatever’s right for you and your family.

It’s all about finding balance, and your babies will still love you just as much whatever you decide.

Staying at home with your little one is a different challenge, one which I enjoyed for almost a year. I learned so much in that year; it flew by way too quickly but I was glad to get back to work and face some new challenges!

I hope this list has provided you with some valuable food for thought. If there’s anything you think I’ve missed let me know in the comments below, or send me an email on contact@wheresmylist.com

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