7 Reasons Why I Love Being a Working Mum!

reasons why i love being a working mum

Hey and welcome. Today on the blog I share a serious one. Well not too serious! I share the reasons why I wanted to go back to work after maternity leave and why I love being a working mum!

I believe it is a really personal choice and one only you and your family can make. You shouldn’t be made to feel guilty for returning to work, and the same if you choose to stay at home. Deciding to work or stay home is a personal decision and not one that we should judge others on. In my opinion anyway. I had my reasons for wanting to return to work and today I’m going to share them with you.

I like working

It sounds ridiculous but for the most part I like going to work. I like the routine and I like the sense of self-worth it gives me. It’s good to know I can provide for myself, independent of my husband. I like knowing that I don’t need to rely on anyone else, that I  contribute to the “family-tree”. Stickman is big in our house at the mo!

why i wanted to return to work after maternity leave
Stickman, stickman, beware of the…

I like learning and I like keeping my brain busy. For the sake of good mental health, I need to keep my mind busy!

I get to be me

What I mean by this is I get to be working Emma, not mummy Emma. I like talking to work colleagues and discussing marketing strategy. Basically I enjoy adult conversation! I missed this a lot while on maternity leave and I spent a lot of time feeling lonely and out of my depth.

I get bored easily

In all honesty I actually found the majority of maternity leave completely tedious. And I felt guilty for finding it tedious. Im not a cuppa and cake fan and I spent most of the nine months feeling out of my depth and a bit “lost”.

After a few months, I settled in to it and started to go to some baby groups. By the time I actually felt like I was enjoying it, it was time to go back to work anyway!

maternity leave pay law and KIT

I didn’t want to be a “stay at home” mum

Now I have nothing against parents who want to stay at home, but I just knew this wasn’t for me. I love my son dearly but I know I’d be rubbish at keeping him completely stimulated day in day out until he started school. Nursery keeps him busy and he socialises with his friends. We are fortunate that he loves nursery!

I like earning money

Money isn’t everything but it certainly helps and I like knowing I earn it myself. It’s great knowing I’m earning my own wage and that I can provide for my son.cost of maternity leave KIT pay terms

I wanted to keep a working mindset

I didn’t want to take too long off as I feared I’d lose my confidence about returning to work. The thought of having years off work is lovely if you’re travelling the world! In reality I was sat at home, going to baby groups and binge watching Pointless. I didn’t want my brain to turn to mush and I wanted to get back to it after a year. You can read some of my tips for getting back into the swing of things after maternity here.

In reality, as the nine months loomed closer, I wasn’t eager to rush back to my desk. Far from it. My boy wasn’t even walking and he still needed help feeding himself. How would he cope at nursery?!

I wanted B to go to nursery

Nursery is a fantastic environment for stimulating and keeping the little man entertained. An environment that I just couldn’t mimic at home, full time. He socialises with other children, he learns to share, to take turns and he genuinely enjoys himself. You can read more about our nursery journey here.

I’ve shared some of my reasons for going back to work after maternity leave. Are you a working parent or did it make sense to stay at home? Share your experiences and thoughts with me in the comments 🙂

reasons why i love being a working mum

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19 comments

  1. Do not give up your independence,do not watch pointless,you only have 1 life and if others think different tell them to piss off !!!!!!!

  2. I’m not a mum yet and am not sure what I’ll do workwise if we’re lucky enough to have children but you make some really good points. Tea, cake and pointless does sound like it would feel a little pointless after a while. You’re so lucky he enjoys nursery too so you can be confident that you’re both happy x #KCACOLS

    • I am lucky he enjoys nursery yes. when he started I was so anxious but he settled quickly and on the whole he loves it. he has a great bond with all the carers and I get involved too on the parent partnership team.

  3. I agree with every single one of these points! I definitely love making my own money and am not good at entertaining my kids at home. I need adult conversations, hot cups of tea, lunches out and to go out with just a handbag instead of a nappy changing bag. #kcacols

  4. I always thought I wanted to be a SAHM, then I became one. I’m heading back to work now because of so many of the reasons you mention above. I really miss being me, I like to earn and even though people don’t often believe it, I love to work! I found my self nodding away whilst reading through this, it’s fab! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS, hope you come back again next Sunday x

    • thank you for reading and good luck with going back. you just don’t know until you try do you. I have Fridays off with my boy but for a while I never really enjoyed them. he’d be tantrummy and it was just never that fun! it’s better now and when he starts school I really am going to miss “our” day! x

  5. So much yes! My child is doing so much better at daycare and learning way more than he would ever with me (because stubborn doesn’t listen to me) and I get to keep my own identity and mind intact. YAY working moms!

    • yep same here hehe. B never wants to do things like crafts at home but loves them at nursery!

  6. I love this post, and completely agree with all points! I’m due back full time in 4 months time and although i’m going to miss maternity leave, it’ll be good to get my brain working again! I’ve been lucky enough to spend a whole year off work with my little one, and now it’s time for him to develop further – something I can’t do fully!

    • Yes it is really hard keeping them entertained. I sometimes struggle just on the Friday I have with him!

  7. I was equally happy to be on maternity leave as to return to work. I do enjoy the career development but I did enjoy being home with my baby too. I can appreciate all the reasons you gave in this post though:) for me the biggest reason was financial – as im the main/only earner in our family we couldn’t survive if I didn’t work 🙂

    • yes finances are sometimes the main reason. we definitely can afford to do more of the things we want to do with me working : )

  8. Some great points here, I went back to work with my first when he was only 6 months old and I enjoyed being me at work but luckily I had a lot of holidays as a teacher to reconnect with my son. With my second I was supposed to go back when he was 11 months old but he got really ill so I never did. In fact we both quit work to spend time with our boys whilst they are little and have an adventure. I guess you do what works for you and your family and try your best at being a parent! #KCACOLS

    • Im sorry to hear your son got ill. plans can change and when it comes to children you just never know what’s round the corner. I’d love to take time off and travel with my son. he starts school in sept so we will have the big 6 week break of course !

  9. Definitely some great reasons for being a working Mum here which have made me fele better about my imminent return to work. I certainly like earning the money, that’s for sure!

    #KCACOLS

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