Entrepreneur. Mother. Writer. Speaker. Storyteller.
Thanks so much for finding the blog.
Perhaps, like me, sometimes you feel like you are spinning alot of plates.
Sometimes I compare these feelings to being a duck. Yes, a duck. They glide across the top of the the water and everything looks effortless. However, on closer inspection, there's alot going on underneath the water. Those little legs are paddling seriously hard and that's us mums. Sometimes, we just keep paddling and feel like we can barely keep everything together from work, to the house and the kids.
Whether you decided to return to your career or not after having children, whichever was best for you, most of us can relate to feelings of 'guilt', so I wanted to start a blog on this subject.
Who am I?
I am an entrepreneur and mum of two. For the last twenty years I have been running a successful communications company in Kent, alongside my brother.
I have been officially recognised for my career success in many ways over the years, including being shortlisted for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 for Growing Business magazine. I have appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine and in 2010 was awarded ’35 under 35’ in Management Today magazine in 2010 as featured in The Times.
For the last ten years, I have been a mother. A guilty, hard working mother. I love my job, the people I work with and I adore my children. Sometimes it feels hard to juggle both, along with everything else and constant 'lists' all mums have to deal with.
Like many, I am constantly trying to find the perfect balance between work and home life. A survey by Talking Talent, a coaching company that focuses on female employees, found that 51% of respondents were worried about being distracted at work by motherhood and 'feeling guilty' about leaving their child. The same proportion also thought they'd be viewed negatively by colleagues as a result of coming back to work. I have come to the conclusion that although the guilt will probably always be there, I have learnt to manage it.
The most important thing to remember about motherhood is that the perfect mum is the imperfect mum. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you that you're doing a great job.
As women, one of our best skills is to share and collaborate. So if you would like to comment on my blog posts you can do so on the Guilty Mother Facebook page (www.facebook.com/guiltymother) or please get in touch.
By sharing and collaborating ideas and conversations with others, I hope we can all start to feel less guilty overall.
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