BY THE MOTHERS OF OUR OFFICES
Jacinda Ardern’s baby is never going to know how much impact they have had on this day. Today, on the 21st June 2018, this baby, without having been born yet, is headlines!
“Baby on Board: Jacinda Ardern in hospital to give birth” (RadioNZ)
“PM Jacinda Ardern’s baby gets the world excited” (Stuff)
“Live feed: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in labour” (Newshub)
“How the world is reacting to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in labour” (NZHeard)
It is extraordinary. The world is certainly reacting; everyone wants to know if the baby will be a boy or a girl, what she will call them and the question that has been pestering Jacinda since her pregnancy announcement, how is she going to do it all!? While a person having a child and returning to work is nothing new, New Zealand has not had a Prime Minister, a person of such power, in this position of running a nation and raising a new-born.
In light and in support of Jacinda’s exciting new endeavor on this day, we thought we would ask our working mothers how they manage to do it all. Success at work and success in raising a child is easier said than done. You will undoubtedly have some great moments and some downright impossible give up moments. But we are so proud of our working parents that commit to finding that balance every day. Hopefully, through their thoughts, we can show other new mothers out there that it can be done!
OUR MOTHER’S TOP TIPS TO MAINTAIN WORK/LIFE SUCCESS
“To have success at work and raise your children, you need to be extra organised, plan your week ahead, have support from your partner and family and have confidence that ‘you’ve got this’!”
“It’s about the entire family unit. The partners are working parents too. Being organised as a team and sharing the load.”
“I find having an employer that supports the importance of family, values and balance are key. And then you just do it.”
“Ask for help when you need it. Say no more often. Build a support system at home. Prioritise, plan and accept the fact that things won’t always go to plan.”
“Be fully present at work and at home – feeling guilty about either is wasted energy and will just wear you down”
“In my last role, it was almost impossible for me to do both but having an employer that supports working parents is what really helps me to make it all work. I have to say that I’m a multitasker extraordinaire, people often say to me ‘I don’t know how you do it’ my response is ‘you just do!’”
“Coffee! Lots of coffee and wine…lots of wine! OK on a more serious note, it’s all about mastering the art of BALANCE in your day.”
SOME STORIES FROM OUR MUMS…
“I was at work yesterday sitting at my desk, I took my jacket off and realised I’d actually forgotten to zip up my dress ….yup life of a working mum!”
“I dropped my child off at daycare the other day and drove an hour into work before I realised I had his ‘can’t live without’ teddy bear in the car – I was actually going to courier it to him!”