Running from a 2 year old who has discovered a hose, muting a call, retaining my composure, ice-cream in the face… Geezus welcome to the world of working from home!
This is a reality for a number of parents who are working from home. Whilst our male counterparts are suddenly freaking out at this new interruption to their perfectly astute and organised workplaces, I am well attuned to having ice-cream rubbed in my face whilst on a business call, retaining my professionalism like a guard outside of Buckingham Palace!
Am I any less of a professional because I am a mother who mainly works from home? No!
Can I perform the same outcomes whilst balancing a child? Yes, I have already prepared myself for what we are now facing – adaptability!
So, whilst my toddler chased me around the house with a hose and I ran away like Usain Bolt, I have mastered balance!
My calls are done when my 2 year old goes to sleep and I get up extremely early to maximise my day. And somehow, only now as a society where we are addressing the long-term comfortability that is attached to professional women who have children.
This is not too dissimilar to what we were doing centuries ago, we were and still are building families, building homes, and now we collectively do that whilst building a career.
Our workload hasn’t decreased, we’ve adapted, we’re balanced, we juggle and most importantly, we make it work.