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.
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.