Welcome to Meet the Working Mum Interview. Today we meet Caroline Richardson. Caroline works as a Secretary in the NHS and also blog as Maternal Instincts.
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An intro and a little bit about you, your family and where you live.
Hi, I’m Caroline and I’m a part time working Mum, married with 2 children, 7 and 4 years old. We live in Kent. I started blogging only very recently as both children will be at school in September and I wanted something else to do once they’re both out of the house 6 hours a day.
What do you do for a job? Is it what you have always wanted to do?
My day job is a Secretary in the NHS in East Kent and involves various different departments. I have worked here for 16 years and continue to do so as after this much time I don’t want to give up all the knowledge I have gained.
What was your motivation to return to work?
I returned to work as it is a part of me from before I had the children. I didn’t want to give up all the knowledge I have. To be honest, working gives you a chance to be an adult for a few hours a week! I’m just me when I’m at work, not a wife or a mother, just me.
How many hours do you work a week?
I used to be full time before I had my daughter, then returned to work on 18 hours doing 1 long day and 1 shorter day. However after having my second child I returned to work again on 16 hours, 2 standard days which has worked out much better for me.
Do you have to travel far from where you live to where you work?
I’m lucky enough to work only 10 minutes drive from home.
What do you do for childcare? Does this work for you?
I am lucky enough to have parents who help out and have the children 1 day a week, and the other day my husband has them. Although from September both children will be in school until 3pm so my husband and mother will find their days get slightly easier!
What does your morning routine look like? What do you do to get you all out of the house on time?
I’m one who likes a routine and I don’t like to be late. So we’re all up by 7 (me usually before), eaten by 7.40, dressed by 8, and out of the house as soon as Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom finishes at 8.20!
What do you like about being a working mum?
I like the best of both worlds. Me as an adult 2 days a week and when I’m at work I look forward to my days off when I can wear jeans and spend the morning with a coffee in one hand! Of course financially me working is obviously a benefit.
What don’t you like about being a working mum?
Being a working Mum means your brain is torn between both places. At home you might be worried about something at work and feel you’re not concentrating on being a parent, and at work you’re bound to be worried about something to do with the kids. A lot of the time I just put it down to a woman’s way, we’re always worrying about something which is usually nothing!
What would you change? Hours you work, commute you have to make etc.
What three tips would you pass onto a mum about to start back at work?
For fun show us a picture of your work handbag.
Thank you so much for taking part in the Meet the Mum interview series Caroline. I totally agree with what you say about us women worrying about something, we really can’t help ourselves.
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