Living (and working) the dream

Desk and chair. Check.
Laptop, keyboard and mouse. Check.
Access to food and drink. Check.
Ready to work. Yep.
Wait there’s one more on the list. Kids. Check.
Hang on a minute, kids too? Yep, this is no ordinary workplace and the hours aren’t exactly what you would call 9 to 5 either. I don’t even leave the house, well for work purposes anyway, daycare/kindy, groceries and other “fun” trips are another story.

I can be madly typing away on my keyboard and cries of “Mummmmmmy” fill the air. Or I have to stop mid-sentence to source snacks, deal with sibling squabbles or even kindy drop-off. Not to mention changing nappies and trips to the toilet.
It’s a fine balance but doable. It takes practice but it’s worth it.
Why?
Because then I get the fun of spending time with my kids and working as well. I don’t have to worry about missing out on anything.
There is probably a hint of sarcasm in there, if you know what I mean?!

Hats off to the awesome Mummas who manage to work full-time or part-time and then come home to their kids. You are more amazing than you know!
But to those of you, whose office also doubles as your family home, you are rocking it too.
We’re all mums (and many dads too) and we all work hard, no matter what. And don’t let anyone tell you any different!

Is there a downside to working from home? Always.
Some days you just can’t work because the kids won’t leave you alone, they’re really sick or tantrums ensue if you don’t play, feed them instantly or just give them attention.
Not to mention, there’s no stimulating or exciting adult conversation. I think anyone who knocks on the door must think I’m crazy with how much I talk to them.
And some days I eat more junk than I probably should. Hello chocolate, my best friend!
But the pros far outweigh the cons and when you throw in the chance to be back in the workforce again, it’s even better.

I’ll admit, there have been times when I’ve been tempted to give up on the work from home dream, it hasn’t always been easy and it’s not for everyone. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. My creative flair has often thrived better at my own home “desk”, sometimes more than it ever did in a crazy office environment.

So, even if you feel like it might be a difficult path to go down, know that you’re not alone. But it’s one that’s been well travelled before you and will continue to see many footsteps taking the same path. And if the prospect of “working” in your favourite comfy clothes, with a bowl of your favourite food at your disposable, entices you even more, why not try it?

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Keeping it real (ish)

I am a mum.

It is a hard job.

Yes I said “job” and yes it is something I chose to do, much like other things in my life.

But that doesn’t take away from the fact that it can be one of the worst jobs to take on.

You can be pushed to frustration beyond belief followed by pure joy in the blink of an eye.

You will, at times, wish to return to pre-children life.

It’s a normal thought process and does not necessarily mean you don’t love your kids, but maybe you might not like them a little bit at times (haha!).

Like I’ve said so many times before I love being a mum, my girls are my world.

More often than not my decisions centre around how it will affect them and yep you guessed it I usually put myself last.

“Me time” is rare but even when it happens the girls aren’t far from my mind, it’s just the way we mums are!

But in the very short time I’ve been a mum I’ve learnt many lessons and I’m still learning……

•Two against one takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to kids.
Some days are better than others but I’m surviving with the two girls….well chocolate and the occasional glass of wine might make it better!

•Multi tasking
Sure I can read a book to my toddler, interact with the baby and hold a conversation with someone else all at the same time!
But I’m not so sure the conversation makes much sense…..”that’s not my pony, it’s….aren’t you cheeky….yep that happened last week”.

•Lists
Yes I’m a bit OCD but if it’s not on the list or in my calendar it probably won’t happen!

•I’m even more creative with words!
Yes I’m well known for being the wordsmith but I’m leaning more towards the use of bad words or trying not to use them! Fudge and sugar have become more popular these days…

•Sleep ins don’t exist anymore (well 7am feels like a sleep in) and don’t even think about staying up late because the kids don’t care if mumma decided to head to bed after 10pm!

•Enjoy the simple things (or reminisce about them)
A trip to the toilet in peace doesn’t exist anymore and having a quiet shower…..hahahaha!

•Karma really can bite
I must have been a cheeky toddler back in the day, I can sense a little bit of history repeating with Miss Izzie and I bet my parents are quietly laughing!

•Don’t make promises you can’t keep! Two-year-olds remember them….they don’t listen to you telling them to pick up their toys but they know if there’s a promise of chocolate or ice cream days after it was meant to happen.

•Cheeky smiles and big hugs are really worth the effort. Lucky they’re so cute….I guess I can’t put them back (just kidding!).

•Unconditional love is real, enough said!

Whether I’ve made you laugh, brought a tear to your eye or made you shake your head, remember that we’re all in this together and there is light at the end of what feels like a very long tunnel!

To all the mums, mums-to-be and those who step up to the role, but as always especially to my beautiful mum, you really are amazing!
From one tired, frazzled, proud mumma to you all, have a very Happy Mother’s Day!
Enjoy being spoilt, pampered and showered with love (and maybe presents) from all the children big and small out there!