I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
In my experience as a career mum, I firmly believe that the secret to my long term happiness is part-time work.
Part-time work has allowed me to simultaneously be a mum and an employee, but getting the balance right has taken a lot of time, effort, negotiation and planning.
Is part-time work the answer?
Quentin Bryce, the first female Governor General of Australia summed it up very succinctly:
“For a very long time now I’ve been saying to young women, you can have it all, but not all at the same time.”
As career mums, if we take a longer-term view of our working and family lives it can allow us to gain a broader perspective and realise we can ‘have it all’ over a period of time.
And realise that by working part-time when our children are young, we can still put our children first, while also retaining our career.
Then, as our children grow and we’re able to return to work full-time, our focus can return to furthering our career.
How can structure help you?
As a career mum, there are many ways thinking about structure can help you, both at home and in the workplace.
In Not Guilty the Structure chapter helps you to consider:
- How to divide your home and work life
- What work/life structure will best support your family goals
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of part-time work
- How to structure job sharing so it works for your boss, as well as you
Want to enjoy both motherhood AND your career WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY?
Find out more about how Not Guilty can help you change from exhausted, guilt-ridden headless-chicken to happy career woman, wife and mother…at least some of the time!