Are Mums better employees?

What did you do when you got up this morning? Had a shower? A coffee perhaps?

This isn’t another article about how great I am for being a parent written by another annoying as fuck parent blogger. But these days I can appreciate how different my life is, not that its better than yours because I have a kid, its more awesome because I’m more awesome, but I digress. BK (Before Kid) I would have gotten up at the last possible moment that I had to, having my morning routine down pat. That shit has gone out the window.

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I was up at the crack of dawn, literally. Still half asleep I had my little boy changed, dressed and ready for the day in under 5 minutes. Made breakfast for my little tacker, got water, milk and juices ready for the day. Well that’s the way it is in my house anyway. I flick on the tv for a short while as a distraction so I can tidy and start to get my shit together for my day. I spend a lot of mornings listening to the Wiggles, I know every damn word, don’t even get me started on Fireman Sam, that Norman Price needs a belting!

 For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about it’s the world I live in now, the one I didn’t know existed until I had a child. The one where I’m doing at least two things at once at all times, even when I’m watching the Wiggles. One thing I never knew I took for granted was my job, sure I appreciated my job, I just never realised how wonderful it was to sit down and concentrate on achieving something, something tangible, other than raising a decent human being of course.

I feel as a mother now I appreciate my ability to contribute to something other than my family. Not that my family isn’t the most important thing in my life, it is. But I need more. I need to be valued for my skills and abilities, my insights and talents. I don’t just need a job to support my family, I need it to support my identity. I love being a mum more than I ever thought I would and I cherish every minute with my son but I also cherish being able to contribute to an organisation and to feel and be a functioning adult.

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16 Responses

  1. Kara says:

    This is everything! Thank you for putting my thoughts into words!

  2. Soul Gifts says:

    Is Fireman Sam still around? That was big when my kids were little and the oldest will be 30 this year. I also got to know all the latest kids songs. But don’t get me started on Thomas the Tank! If Norman Price needs a belting he should get in line behind Ringo Starr. In the end I used to turn the sound right down or off if I could get away with it.

  3. Your writing is really refreshing. Thanks for the follow. By the way, the photo and caption on this post are hilarious.

  4. Regardless of whether you work outside of the home or not, being a mom is a job unto itself. You develop all kinds of skills with that job. This is the epitome of multitasking. You’ve got great photos and wonderful posts. Thanks for the follow.

  5. Octonauts it the thing in my house. Dear god, how the voices *grate*.

    And yeah, I used to get up at the last minute and be out the door with coffee and breakfast in hand. Now, I’m up at 6am because I have to get me and the kids ready. Lunches packed. And heaven knows if it’s going to be a “good” morning for the littles or not. It not, you can expect it to take at least three times longer than a good day to get them ready.

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