Introducing Work. Play. Sleep.
Because a hashtag is everything these days, #WorkingMumsClub began as I faced my return to work following maternity leave after the birth of my second son, as a way of collating the numerous articles, irritating bits of news, and hilarious and/or inspiring GIFs I found to be relevant to my specific plight at the time. I realised, not too surprisingly, that I wasn’t the only one torn between wanting to spend more time with my little one and his big brother, and desperately needing to wear an outfit not consisting of a saggy maternity top and the one pair of jeans that fit every day.
And so is the eternal struggle of the working parent. We like to have adult conversations but miss the milestones that happen while we’re at the office. We enjoy having a hot cup of coffee but miss the sticky hand on our arm as we try to drink it. We feel valued by contributing to the workplace but value a cheeky grin and an after school cuddle so much more.
It is all these things and more. Every working mum has her own reasons for being so. Some of us are happy, some are not. Some of us need to develop a career for ourselves, some just need to pay the bills. But all of us are in this together.
As #WorkingMumsClub started to grow and evolve, I realised that while some of our issues are very much our own (like actually being pregnant, obvs.), a lot of the pros and cons of working parenthood relate to both mums and dads. Dads may be the ‘traditional’ breadwinners and as such going out to work isn’t supposed to be a big deal for them, but they get an equally crappy end of the stick when it comes to missing out on their children’s milestones, and an even crappier stick when it comes to how society perceives their parenting abilities. While it may sometimes feel like it to some of you, mums don’t always do EVERYTHING around the house. Dads deserve their fair bit of recognition too.
Now you’ll find #WorkingMumsClub lives on in hashtag form and on the blog for those things that are purely mum-relevant, but the social community has now become Work. Play. Sleep. and is for mums and dads in one big sleep-deprived, over-worked love-in.
Chief among ways to stay sane when faced with our various daily challenges is the ability to laugh, and sometimes get angry at things and have a collective rant, so I’ll try to fulfil both of these requirements as the Club Leader (I do realise this makes me sound a bit like a Club 18-30 rep or perhaps the head of a cult – I am neither, unless this whole thing takes a slightly sinister turn. No pacts involved, I promise).
All are welcome, unless I suppose if you don’t have either a job or children, but even so, I’m all about inclusion. There might not be any Jaffa Cakes left by the time the biscuit tin makes its way round though so maybe bring your own. *wonders if a Jaffa Cake is actually a biscuit*. It isn’t by the way, just to clear that up. Best have a cake tin as well then.
Join the fun on Twitter @Work_Play_Sleep and share your blog posts and funny or infuriating stuff. Dads are always welcome to gatecrash. *Status update*: still at work, still a mum, still tired.