Fiona Le Brocq. I’m working mum of one. I have a little girl, Alexandra and she’s 7 years old. Flexibility would have to be the most important thing. It’s not just
flexibility from your employer its you actually approaching things
quite flexibly as well. You just you just need to sort of go with
the eb and flow. You know, you can’t control everything.
Deal with the stuff you can and the stuff you can’t, you just have to make
it work somehow. The roleI used to do, before I had Alex, I felt I couldn’t do that job, at all, with a child. And so, I changed my career, which afforded me little more flexibility.
I only went back three days a week. That went up to four days week within a
few months. But three days a week, sort of made it OK. Because it meant I was off four days and on three days. So, it was quite a nice segway back into the work life. I found that in the
first few weeks back at work, I was just constantly thinking about Alex. Constantly. And you do. But it changes. You know, they get a little bit older. I think you also thinking about other
people who are looking after your child. So I had the amazing fortune of having both
grandmothers, who were available. So, she was with family and she was in
her home, with her routine, wearing her clothes. You know, it was, that was all quite lovely. And, you know, she was only really little at that stage.
I have some friends who don’t have really strong support networks, just cause they don’t have family living near them. And I think if you can’t have it
with family, you have to find it somewhere. Not just people to look after your kids,
but the sort of support network that you can sit down and talk with other
mums. You know, you just you there are people who understand how you
try to manage without balance, their people who understand if your child’s not well. So, I think talking to other mums helps a lot, if you don’t have family support. There observent. They can see what’s going on and if somebody’s says, “I think your burning the candle”, you sought of need to listen to them a bit and
now it’s great, cause I’m in an organisation where there’s more flexibility.
But when your child gets older and goes to school, it all changes as well. You have to be able to exercise some flexibility to maintain that. Cause part of your work life balance is getting in the car with your child, at the day, and asking them how their day went. I find it makes me… I feel incredibly relaxed, fulfilled and enriched when
I get that time with Alex. I think when you first go back, it can be a bit hard. But it gets better. That’s good.