Name: Charlotte Stirling-Reed
Number of children: 1
Duties: A Nutrition Freelancer – lots of work with media, brands and one to one support on the phone with parents.
Hours: As and when my son is in nursery. Mainly Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings.
Childcare arrangements: I have just sent my son into nursery AND I have fantastic in-laws/parents who also look after him regularly. I’m very lucky with this.
What I love about work: It gives me a break and an identity. It also keeps me in touch with my “old self”, before I had my baby. I think that’s someone that is easily forgotten.
What I find difficult is: Being 100% focused on work on work days and 100% focused on my son on my days with him. I always feel guilty if I’m not working enough or guilty that I’m not spending time with my son. You can’t win!
My working life would be easier if… I could have a live in nanny!!
Work/mum life balance: I think I’ve just managed to work up a balance. But doesn’t life always get in the way?
How having children has changed the work I do: I just have so much less time for work and my job is very demanding and needs lots of keeping up to date with science, being active on social media and staying ahead of the game. This is always a challenge when I now have less than half the time I had before for my business.
Fantasy job / If I wasn’t doing this, I’d be… An actress. I’ve always loved the idea of this, being someone else for a few days/months/years. But I’m sure that’s even more of a balancing act when you have kids too.
Mojomums helps mums get their mojo back – what advice would you give to mums who feel they have lost theirs? Call in support and take time out for you. Set clear times/days to be focused on the children and clear days/times to be focusing on you and your work. Darting between the two is not great for mental health.
Anything else? Remember that priorities have changed now that you have a baby. You can’t be 100% at everything, it’ll only lead to your exhaustion.
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