Hey Mum, You Rock!

Is there any more discussed or debated topic than that of the working mum work/family life balance? The question of whether a woman can "have it all" is a funny one. What is "IT" anyway? Mothers, particularly, make many choices in their lives, and must decide as individuals what their own definition of success looks like.

We cannot say with confidence whether or not in our children’s life times, they will have more leisure time than we do, or whether they will have to work more than us. But as an FYI to all the working mum naysayers - it is quite encouraging to note that research indicates that working outside of the home can have a really positive impact on the children of working mothers - in fact, children of women who work might even earn more in their own careers.

This Mother’s Day we chatted to Collaborative Marketing’s very own working mum super heroes, Shea, Alana and Martina, about how they balance running a business with running their children’s lives.

Shea:

1. What skills has being a mother taught you that you have been able to apply to your work?

Patience. Patience was not a strong trait until having children but is certainly one of my strengths these days.

2. What is the most important piece of advice you have to Mothers who want to pursue a professional career?  

Set boundaries and go for it!  Setting boundaries for yourself and everyone around you from the beginning saves a lot of unnecessary guilt / unclarity and in turn time.  Things change professionally when you become a mum and your views and priorities are very different. You no longer have time for the frivolous conversations and tasks, and learn to prioritise the important tasks to maintain balance.  That is why hiring a mum can have so many benefits for businesses, and as a business it is understanding and trusting that the work will get done probably in half the time, but also allowing your “mum’s’ the flexibility they need to be a great mum and team member.  And as a mum I say ‘Just go for it’ and work the rest out later.

3. How would your children describe you?

Loving, caring, sort and hardworking.

4.  As a mother with a commitment to both your personal and family life and your professional life, how do you protect against burnout?  

Burnout is real and I have been through it several times, I used to suffer from tonsillitis a lot and then started to manage it better, it is my burnout trigger.  Since being a Mum I have learnt to become a lot more selfish and really focus on where I place myself and my time. I love spending time at home and try to limit how much I do socially.  I have daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal and annual practices that help me stay present and balanced and limit the amount of burnout.


Alana:

1. What skills has being a mother taught you that you have been able to apply to your work?

Multitasking and working with minimal sleep… takes me back to my early 20’s!


2. What is the most important piece of advice you have to Mothers who want to pursue a professional career?

Be kind to yourself, ensure you have great help and remember balance, balance,  balance.

3. How would your children describe you?

Milk machine.

4.  As a mother with a commitment to both your personal and family life and your professional life, how do you protect against burnout?  

I have great support in my mother, mother in law and daycare so I do have time to do the things that I need for myself too, like going to the gym and my time with friends. Also, I only work four days a week, Wednesdays are my day for hanging out with Harriette and all of my attention goes to her on this day.


Martina:

1. What skills has being a mother taught you that you have been able to apply to your work?

Becoming a mum changed my whole life, and the biggest lesson I learnt is how much I can actually do and how much workload I can squeeze in a day. If I thought that I could multitask before, I was wrong! Caring for a tiny person boosted my organisational skills and productivity and being ‘busy’ got a whole new meaning.

2. What is the most important piece of advice you have to Mothers who want to pursue a professional career?

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Motherhood itself is a new journey, but it does not define you. You are still your own person with dreams and desires and it’s okay to pursue a career.

3. How would your children describe you?

Hopefully loving, caring, kind and compassionate person who is always available to listen and who truly sees them for who they are.

4.  As a mother with a commitment to both your personal and family life and your professional life, how do you protect against burnout?  

Most days I try to be the first one to get up to steal a little bit of ‘me time’ before the day starts. Having a hot coffee in peace and watching the sun rise gives me energy for the whole day.

To all the mum’s out there, thank you for everything you do, you all rock! If you are a hardworking mum who needs a little break from the hustle and bustle of your business, drop us a line at alana@collaborativemarketing.com.au and we’ll see if there’s anything we can do to take away some of that everyday business stress. Happy Mother’s Day from the Collaborative Marketing team.